Zygon 53 (1):258-273 (2018)

Joanna Margaret Leidenhag
University of Leeds
In this response to David Bradnick's and Bradford McCall's defense of Amos Yong's usage of emergence theory, we defend our previous argument regarding the tension between Yong's Pentecostal commitments and the philosophical entailments of emergence theory. We clarify and extend our previous concerns in three ways. First, we explore the difficulties of construing divine action naturalistically. Second, we clarify the problems of employing supervenience in theology. Third, we show why Bradnick's and McCall's advice to Yong to adopt weak emergence is theologically costly. In conclusion, it is suggested that theologians within the science and religion dialogue should not fear, but recover, the language of supernaturalism and dualism.
Keywords Amos Yong  Bradford McCall  David Bradnick  divine action  emergence theory  supernaturalism  supervenience
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DOI 10.1111/zygo.12393
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