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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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Reviewing the Terrain

Reviewing the Terrain

Finding Blood for Ghosts

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Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume I

William J. Abraham

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the author provides a retrospective glance on the material reviewed thus far, and suggests a deeper history of the debates about the nature of divine action among both theologians and philosophers is needed. The author demonstrates the complexity of the debates and the assumptions brought to the table, particularly those assumptions tacit in philosophical queries into the justification of religious belief. He suggests the contours of this particular debate colored the debate on divine action. Following I. M. Crombie, the author argues that theology proper can inform how one thinks about divine actions. Moreover, he argues that theologians and their proposals ought to be considered in the ongoing debate about divine action on their own terms, rather than to be thought secondary to explicitly analytic philosophical arguments and terms for debate.

Keywords:   Maurice Wiles, subject–predicate sentences, history of philosophy, analytic theology, divine action

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