1st Edition

Philosophical Essays on Divine Causation

Edited By Gregory Ganssle Copyright 2022
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book discusses various aspects of God’s causal activity. Traditional theology has long held that God acts in the world and interrupts the normal course of events by performing special acts. Although the tradition is unified in affirming that God does create, conserve, and act, there is much disagreement about the details of divine activity. The chapters in this book fruitfully explore these disagreements about divine causation.

    The chapters are divided into two sections. The first explores historical views of divine causal activity from the Pre-Socratics to Hume. The second section addresses a variety of contemporary issues related to God’s causal activity. These chapters include defenses of the possibility of special acts of God, proposals of models of divine causation, and analyses of divine conservation.

    Philosophical Essays on Divine Causation will be of interest to researchers and graduate students working in philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and metaphysics.


    Gregory E. Ganssle

    1. Divine Causal Agency in Classical Greek Philosophy

    Donald J. Zeyl

    2. Divine Causality according to Neo-Platonism

    Phillip S. Cary

    3. Aquinas on Divine Causality

    W. Matthews Grant

    4. Three Competing Views of God’s Causation of Creaturely Actions: Aquinas, Scotus and Olivi

    Gloria Frost

    5. Durand and Suarez on Divine Causation

    Jacob Tuttle

    6. Descartes on Voluntary Action and Universal Conservation

    Joel Archer and C. P. Ragland

    7. Leibniz on Divine Causation: Continuous Creation and Concurrence Without Occasionalism

    Julia Jorati

    8. Berkeley on Divine Human Agency: A Teleological Reconstrual

    James S. Spiegel

    9. What Hume didn’t Notice about Divine Causation

    Timothy Yenter

    10. Defending Special Divine Acts

    Robert A. Larmer

    11. Divine Sustaining Causes and the Mind-Body Problem

    Angus J. L. Menuge

    12. Neo-Aristotelian Accounts of Divine Creation

    Paul M. Gould

    13. Theistic Conferralism: Consolidating Divine sustenance and Trope Theory

    Robert K. Garcia

    14. The Timing of Divine Conservation: Pushes, Nudges, and Merry-go-rounds

    David Vander Laan

    15. Divine Causation and the Pairing Problem

    Gregory E. Ganssle


    Gregory E. Ganssle is Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology – Biola University. He works in the philosophy of religion and the history of philosophy. He has edited two books and written three. His most recent is Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspiration.

    "Divine causation and divine agency are crucially important topics in theology and philosophy of religion, and Ganssle’s collection provides both excellent discussions of key historical views and some important proposals on contemporary controversies. Highly recommended for both philosophers of religion and theologians."William Hasker, Huntington University, USA