chapter  10
32 Pages

The Impossible Possibility: Divine Causes in the World of Nature

ByPhilip Clayton

Moreover, one must worry about equivocation: the meanings o f the word “cause” used o f a chemical catalyst and of God’s upholding the universe appear to diverge so widely that perhaps the same appellation should not be used to express both claims. Only if we can give some broader account o f what causal features chemicals and providence share in common can we make sense o f Jewish, Christian and Muslim claims for divine action in the world.