chapter  3
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Is Informational Causality Primary Causality? A Study of an Aspect of John Polkinghorne’s Account of Divine Action

A commonplace of Christian theological tradition is to contend that God, as primary or first cause, acts in the world by means of creaturely secondary causes.1 The conceptuality is employed to affirm God’s continuing action in a world that seems not to require it,2 while ensuring that God is not reduced to the level of mundane causation.3 As such, God transcends the world as its sovereign, while remaining immanently present in and to all that transpires.