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Our ability to talk about God's work in the world is closely related to our understanding of causality. With the emergence of modern Newtonian science, the concept of causality has…

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Our ability to talk about God's work in the world is closely related to our understanding of causality. With the emergence of modern Newtonian science, the concept of causality has narrowed, and the discussion of divine action has been closed in this narrow understanding.

There simply seemed to be no room for God to act in the world without interfering with nature and the laws of science that describe it. Fortunately, the idea of ​​causality has greatly expanded through developments in contemporary science. The discoveries in quantum mechanics, cosmology, chaos and biology have led to a broader understanding of causality.

These developments have opened two fundamentally new ways for the theologians to "open" the "discussion of divine action". One is to use the same science developments to talk about the work of God. The other is to speak of divine action not directly through the theories and interpretations of science, but through a broader understanding of the causality they propose.

, Br> This book explores both approaches and says that the latter provides a more effective way to discuss divine action. Having found that the idea of ​​causality in contemporary science reminds us of the basic concepts of Thomas Aquinas philosophy, it recovers these concepts and applies them to the discussion of divine action. In this way, it provides a sustained account of how the Aquinas concept is used in conjunction with contemporary science to deepen our understanding of divine action and to address issues such as creation, care, prayer, and miracles.

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