Divine Action in the World of Physics: Response to Nicholas Saunders

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Abstract:

Nicholas Saunders claims that, in my view, divine action requires and is confined to indeterminacies at the quantum level. I try to make clear that, in speaking of “gaps” in physical causality, I mean that the existence of intentions entails that determining law explanations alone cannot give a complete account of the natural world. By “indeterminacy” I mean a general (not quantum) lack of determining causality in the physical order. Construing physical causality in terms of dispositional properties variously realized in more or less creative ways in different contexts may be most helpful in developing an account of divine action.

Keywords: A. N. Whitehead; God of the gaps; divine action; indeterminacy; personal explanation; reductionism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9744.00320

Affiliations: University of Oxford

Publication date: December 1, 2000

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