Probably no greater obstacle complicates the dialogue between theology and science than the notion of divine intervention, commonly understood to involve divine interference in the laws of nature. Many scientists and some theologians complain that divine intervention complicates and, at the limit, subverts the project of explanation by causation. Accordingly, modern theologians are often reluctant to ascribe any effective causation to God. This lecture attends to biblical depictions of God communicating verbally, suggests divine interjection as an alternative model for understanding special divine action, and explores the strengths, weaknesses, and variations of this inform-active model (Deus dixit) over alternative models that privilege physical causation (Deus ex machina).
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|Kevin Vanhoozer (PhD Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2005 – named best theology book of 2006 by Christianity Today) and Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His most recent work is Hearers and Doers: A Pastor’s Guide to Making Disciples through Scripture and Doctrine (Lexham Press, 2019).|
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