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Divine Intervention

Metaphysical and Epistemological Puzzles, 1st Edition

By Evan Fales


204 pages

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The central theme of this book is that it's not enough to invoke omnipotence and omniscience as answers to the questions of God’s ability to create and causally affect the world (i.e., perform miracles) and human beings (i.e., to cause mystical experiences) and, conversely, God’s ability to perceive, or otherwise know about the world. Rather, it is incumbent upon theists to explain just how a personal, immaterial being such as God could cause mundane events, could institute (and sometimes circumvent) laws of nature, could be causally affected by the world (as in perception), and the like. That requires examining current thinking (which is diverse) about the very nature of causation, laws of nature, and agency, all of which Fales endeavors to do in this study.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. How Does God Do Things? 3. Divine Governance and the Laws of Nature 4. Trouble With Time 5. Eternal God as Author of Nature 6. What Can God Know? 7. Healed Hearts, Inspired Minds 8. Mystical Revelations 9. Is Science a Mystic’s Friend? 10. Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Evan Fales is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Philosophy