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Divine Action and the Human Mind


Part of Current Issues in Theology

  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476515

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  • Is the human mind uniquely nonphysical or even spiritual, such that divine intentions can meet physical realities? As scholars in science and religion have spent decades attempting to identify a 'causal joint' between God and the natural world, human consciousness has been often privileged as just such a locus of divine-human interaction. However, this intuitively dualistic move is both out of step with contemporary science and theologically insufficient. By discarding the God-nature model implied by contemporary noninterventionist divine action theories, one is freed up to explore theological and metaphysical alternatives for understanding divine action in the mind. Sarah Lane Ritchie suggests that a theologically robust theistic naturalism offers a more compelling vision of divine action in the mind. By affirming that to be fully natural is to be involved with God's active presence, one may affirm divine action not only in the human mind, but throughout the natural world.

    • Suggests the plausibility and theological acceptability of physicalist conceptions of mind, questioning the validity of intuitive dualism
    • Rigorously engages the scientific details of contemporary divine action theories
    • Suggests various models of the God-nature relationship without being prescriptive, bringing alternatives to the question of divine action
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476515
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 144 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Divine Action and the 'Hard Problem of Consciousness':
    1. Introduction
    2. Contemporary divine action theories and the causal joint
    3. Divine action and mind: Philip Clayton's emergentist thesis
    4. The philosophy and science of the mind
    5. Physicalist approaches to consciousness
    Part II. The Theological Turn: Divine Action in the Naturalised Mind:
    6. Naturalism(s) and the theological turn in divine action
    7. Theistic naturalism part one: Thomistic divine action
    8. Theistic naturalism part two: panentheistic naturalism
    9. Theistic naturalism part three: a pneumatological assist
    10. Conclusion

  • Author

    Sarah Lane Ritchie, University of Edinburgh
    Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh.

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