Is there such a thing as "luck"?

The question, framed in the context I desire, could be restated, “Is there anything that happens that God doesn’t ordain, and, if not, is there a place for what is commonly referred to as ‘luck’?”

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0 Responses to Is there such a thing as "luck"?

  1. Derek Lidbom says:

    I’m not having very much luck with comments on this one. 🙁

  2. Scott says:

    Dodging the issue of God ordaining all things, I don’t believe that there is a force of luck out there that brings good fortune to some and not others. I think people use luck to explain things that statisticians and psychologists would explain with probabilities and the availabilty heuristic. The term is used widely, but there is probably a difference when the “lucky” person has an effect on the outcome of the situation. A lucky free throw shooter is much different that a lucky lottery winner.

  3. Jeremy Ball says:

    You guys might find this article interesting:

    It talks some about how the root of the word “happy” is luck or fortune.

    And if you’re thinking about luck you might check out Woody Allen’s latest film, MATCH POINT.

    Other than that, I’d have to argue about 5.6 million other things before getting around to usefully discussing the question as asked.

  4. Chris Bitsas says:

    Luck is when talent meets opportunity

  5. Scott says:


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