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The Divine Action Project is Another Example of Evolutionary Belief in Action

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Twenty five years ago the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley jointly sponsored a long-running series of conferences and publications on theology and science. Theologian Wesley Wildman calls it theDivine Action Project as so much of the work relates to the question of how God interacts with the world. And while the various participants hold to different nuanced views of divine action, they all generally agree that special divine action—the idea of God acting in miraculous or non law-like ways—is a problem. As Wildman explains:  Read more

If it was me, I'd start a Divine Inaction Project! Mung
The theodicy argument falls apart when it is pointed out that all so called evil is finite in nature. Take the most horrible thing that one can imagine happening in this world, death, torture, disease etc and it is finite. The same thing for what is good in this universe. It is all finite. There is an infinite good and an infinite bad but neither is part of the universe we live in. Consequently, the theodicy argument does not hold up. So the question becomes what function do all these good and bad things in this universe have. That is what the discussion should be about, not that God is the source of evil which is nonsense. jerry
How can something be so easy, and yet so difficult for people to do?
Because acknowledging that there is evil in this world as a result of conscious action doesn't correspond to the materialist way of thinking, where we are all simply biochemical machines that occasionally "go haywire" (through no fault of our own, you understand). Barb
Animated Apologetics: CS Lewis on Miracles, Science, and the Laws of Nature http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2013/12/animated-apologetics-cs-lewis-on-miracles-science-and-the-laws-of-nature.html It's Okay to Expect a Miracle | Christianity Today - Keener Excerpt: I got seven eyewitness accounts of people being raised from the dead. One was my sister-in-law, Therese. I asked my mother-in-law to tell me about it, with my wife translating from one of the local languages. My mother-in-law described how Therese was bitten by a snake. By the time my mother-in-law got to her, she wasn't breathing. No medical help was available. She strapped the child to her back and ran to a nearby village, where a friend who was an evangelist prayed for Therese. She started breathing again. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/december/okay-to-expect-miracle.html?start=1 Miracles: Keener's Reflections - video playlist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6sDPPQ7WA&list=PLC900F8EEB62AE426&feature=plcp Description: Dr. Craig Keener, author of "Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts" discusses in this web series some of the accounts of people being raised from the dead and people being healed of sicknesses from around the world. Mother Teresa was a nun whom I consider to have ‘walked in miracles’. At the 19:00 minute mark of the following video you can catch a glimpse of the remarkable trust in God that this little woman of giant faith constantly walked in during her missionary work to the poorest of the poor: Mary Poplin – Life Lessons from Mother Teresa – video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeNIOyF0sjU Joni – Miracles – Dr. Jim Garlow - video https://www.daystar.com/ondemand/joni-miracles-dr-jim-garlow-j889/#.USvuOld17-8 Medical Miracles Really Do Happen Excerpt: No one knows exactly how often such cases occur. Approximately 3,500 medically documented cases of seeming miracles -- based on reports from doctors in America and around the world dating to 1967 -- have appeared in 800 peer-reviewed medical journals and cover all major illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.* http://www.esotericonline.net/profiles/blogs/premonition-and-medical-miracles-dr-larry-dossey Dr. Janis Amatuzio author of FOREVER OURS - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtnywJHLrLY (GodWinks) SQuire Rushnell & daughter of Emmett Kelly on FOX & FRIENDS 6/16/13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvdkCJgRzEk&list=UUhhpzDrOSynYa9xPfNtbrqw SQuire Rushnell's Godwink Story for Easter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kCsnU8yjg8 bornagain77
In other words, divine action that is intentional and particular exacerbates the thorny problem of evil. If God is all-good, all-powerful and all-knowing, then there would be no evil in the world. Since there is evil, then God must not be all-good, or all-powerful or all-knowing.
If they would only believe the Bible when they read it (if they read it at all), they would understand why there is evil in the world. How can something be so easy, and yet so difficult for people to do? Again the Bible explains it all: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:21-22 awstar
"the idea of God acting in miraculous or non law-like ways—is a problem." A problem for whom? Them or God? I don't think almighty God has any problem whatsoever doing what He wants when He wants. Psalm 115:3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. a few notes: Does Science Show That Miracles Can’t Happen? (Alvin Plantinga) – video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXK5ELicqxo John Lennox - Science And Miracles - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB71Vzw71eo How can an Immaterial God Interact with the Physical Universe? (Alvin Plantinga) – video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kfzD3ofUb4 Alvin Plantinga: Divine Action - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5DPneR-Rtc bornagain77

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