This book discusses various aspects of God’s causal activity. Traditional theology has long held that God acts in the world and interrupts the normal course of events by performing special acts. Although the tradition is unified in affirming that God does create, conserve, and act, there is much disagreement about the details of divine activity. The chapters in this book fruitfully explore these disagreements about divine causation.

The chapters are divided into two sections. The first explores historical views of divine causal activity from the Pre-Socratics to Hume. The second section addresses a variety of contemporary issues related to God’s causal activity. These chapters include defenses of the possibility of special acts of God, proposals of models of divine causation, and analyses of divine conservation.

Philosophical Essays on Divine Causation will be of interest to researchers and graduate students working in philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and metaphysics.

chapter |13 pages


ByGregory E. Ganssle

chapter 1|18 pages

Divine Causal Agency in Classical Greek Philosophy

ByDonald J. Zeyl

chapter 2|16 pages

Divine Causality According to Neoplatonism

ByPhillip S. Cary

chapter 3|18 pages

Aquinas on Divine Causality

ByW. Matthews Grant

chapter 4|16 pages

Three Competing Views of God's Causation of Creaturely Actions

Aquinas, Scotus and Olivi
ByGloria Frost

chapter 5|20 pages

Durand and Suárez on Divine Causation

ByJacob Tuttle

chapter 6|20 pages

Descartes on Voluntary Action and Universal Conservation

ByArcher Joel, C. P. Ragland

chapter 7|19 pages

Leibniz on Divine Causation

Continuous Creation and Concurrence Without Occasionalism
ByJulia Jorati

chapter 8|17 pages

Berkeley on Divine and Human Agency

A Teleological Reconstrual
ByJames S. Spiegel

chapter 9|16 pages

What Hume Didn't Notice About Divine Causation

ByTimothy Yenter

chapter 10|22 pages

Defending Special Divine Acts

ByRobert A. Larmer

chapter 11|17 pages

Divine Sustaining Causes and the Mind-Body Problem

ByAngus J. L. Menuge

chapter 12|20 pages

Neo-Aristotelian Accounts of Divine Creation

ByPaul M. Gould

chapter 13|18 pages

Theistic Conferralism

Consolidating Divine Sustenance and Trope Theory
ByRobert K. Garcia

chapter 14|17 pages

The Timing of Divine Conservation

Pushes, Nudges, and Merry-Go-Rounds
ByDavid Vander Laan

chapter 15|16 pages

Divine Causation and the Pairing Problem

ByGregory E. Ganssle