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Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume IExploring and Evaluating the Debate$
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William J. Abraham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786504.001.0001

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Entering the Whirlwind

Entering the Whirlwind

Biblical Theology and Divine Action

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Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume I

William J. Abraham

Oxford University Press

In the 1960s, Langdon Gilkey raised several philosophical issues regarding divine action in his paper “Cosmology, Ontology, and the Travail of Biblical Language.” This chapter engages Gilkey’s paper, and argues that philosophy can be applied to the initial efforts to deal with divine action in the debate which erupted in the wake of the Biblical Theology Movement that followed Gilkey’s paper. Enthusiastic advocates of divine action in the movement were attacked for failing to attend to the full range of divine action. This chapter indicates how and why efforts to develop a robust vision of divine action in the Biblical Theology Movement fell apart. The author focuses on the specific difficulties in the Biblical Theology Movement with respect to its claims about divine action, and positions this debate in a way that highlights the broad range of divine activity that anyone interested in divine action must attend to going forward.

Keywords:   Biblical Theology Movement, Langdon Gilkey, language, divine action, concept, metaphysics

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