Do the Results of Divine Actions have Preceding Causes?

von Wachter, Daniel (2011) Do the Results of Divine Actions have Preceding Causes? European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 3. pp. 347-367. ISSN 16899311

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Abstract

If God brings about an event in the universe, does it have a preceding cause? For example, if the universe began with the Big Bang and if God brought it about, did the Big Bang then have a preceding cause? The standard answer is: yes, it was caused by a divine willing. I propose an alternative view: God's actions, unlike human actions, are not initiated by willings, undertakings, or volitions, but God brings about the intended event directly. Presenting a solution to the dilemma of free will I explain what \enquote{bringing about directly} means and show that the question of what an action begins with is distinct from the question whether it is a basic action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: divine action, agent causation
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Metaphysik
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Religionsphilosophie, Religionskritik
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Dr. Daniel von Wachter
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2013 13:17
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2013 13:17
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2229

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