The divine spirit as causal and personal

Zygon 48 (2):466-477 (2013)

Abstract
Theists in general and Christians in particular have good grounds for affirming divine action in relation to twenty-first-century science. Although humans cannot perceive with their five senses the causation—both divine and creaturely—at work in our world, they have reasons to believe God acts as an efficient, but never sufficient, cause in creation. The essential kenosis option I offer overcomes liabilities in other kenosis proposals, while accounting for a God who acts personally, consistently, persuasively, and yet in diversely efficacious ways. We can reasonably infer that the love, beauty, and truth expressed in creation derive from divine and creaturely causation
Keywords relational   Alfred North Whitehead  coercion  kenosis  intervention  causation  open theism  Christ  Alfred North Whitehead  process  nature  divine action  love  creation
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DOI 10.1111/zygo.12003
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