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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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Saving Divine Action within Later Analytic Philosophy

Saving Divine Action within Later Analytic Philosophy

(p.109) 7 Saving Divine Action within Later Analytic Philosophy
Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume I

William J. Abraham

Oxford University Press

One of the most important philosophers who applied a concept of intentional action to God was William P. Alston. In this chapter, the author engages Alston’s proposals, and argues that even a robust notion of intentional action predicated of God yields very little when it comes to understanding claims about divine action that are of prime importance to the Christian tradition. The author also begins to query the concept of God as an acting agent. The author also indicates again how most philosophers commit themselves to a thin version of a doctrinal tradition even without explicitly stating it, and that the debate about divine action is better served by thick engagement with the Christian doctrinal tradition.

Keywords:   William Alston, religious life, divine action, metaphysic, intentional action, functionalism, agency

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