THEISTIC NATURALISM AND “SPECIAL” DIVINE PROVIDENCE
Author: Knight, Christopher C.
Source: Zygon, Volume 44, Number 3, September 2009 , pp. 533-542(10)
Although naturalistic perspectives are an important component of their accounts of divine action, most participants in the current dialogue between science and theology eschew a purely naturalistic model. They believe that certain events of divine providence require a special mode of divine action, over and above that inherent in naturalistic processes. The analogy of human providential action suggests, however, that a strong theistic naturalism can account for these events. This model does not depend on a particular notion of God's relationship to time and is not inherently implausible from a scientific perspective. Although it can be interpreted deistically, the model also is consonant with a nondeistic theology that may be described as involving a pansacramental or incarnational naturalism.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2009