Sophia

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 577–589 | Cite as

On Polkinghorne’s Unification of General Providence, Special Providence and Miracle

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Abstract

John Polkinghorne claims there are no real distinctions between general providence, special providence and miracle. In this paper I determine whether this claim could be true given Polkinghorne’s wider account of these types of divine action. I conclude that this claim could be true, but only given a particular reading of Polkinghorne. I then defend this reading in light of two potential objections.

Keywords

John Polkinghorne General providence Special providence Miracle Divine action 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social Sciences, & The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public EthicsCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia

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