Persistence and divine conservation

Religious Studies 42 (2):159-176 (2006)
Plausibly, if an object persists through time, then its later existence must be caused by its earlier existence. Many theists endorse a theory of continuous creation, according to which God is the sole cause of a creature's existence at a given time. The conjunction of these two theses rather unfortunately implies that no object distinct from God persists at all. What strategies for resolving this difficulty are available? (Published Online April 7 2006).
Keywords continuous creation  persistence  occasionalism  immanent causation  concurrentism
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DOI 10.1017/S0034412506008262
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