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Jim Stump
 on July 16, 2015

Thinking About Divine Action: An Attempt to Dissolve the Problem

The problem of divine action considers how God interacts with the world.

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The problem of divine action considers how God interacts with the world. I’m not talking about miraculous interventions like the resurrection of Jesus, but the providence with which God governs and directs the normal course of things for which there are increasingly complete scientific explanations. For example, how do we understand God’s role in creating human beings through an evolutionary process? This is a difficult question, but I’ll suggest we exacerbate it when we confuse scientific explanations with personal explanations.