About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

E. Philosophy

My intention here is to provide an extensive bibliography of resources for the doctrine of providence. This is an ongoing project, so do contact me if you know of any works that should be included, or if you wish for me to make an amendment or correct an error.

Last Updated: 25 May 2013


David B. Burrell, Freedom and Creation in Three Traditions (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993)

Richard Cross, ‘The Eternity of the World and the Distinction Between Creation and Conservation’, Religious Studies 42 (2006), pp. 403–416

David Cunning, ‘Malebranche and Occasional Causes’, Philosophy Compass 3 (2008), pp. 471–490

Thomas P. Flint, ‘Divine Providence’, in Thomas P. Flint and Michael Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 262–285

Alfred J. Freddoso (ed.), The Existence and Nature of God. University of Notre Dame Studies in the Philosophy of Religion 3 (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983)

Brian L. Hebblethwaite, ‘Providence and Divine Action’, Religious Studies 14:2 (1978), pp. 223–236

Darren M. Kennedy, Providence and Personalism: Karl Barth in Conversation with Austin Farrer, John Macmurray and Vincent Brümmer (Bern: Peter Lang, 2011)

Matthew Levering, ‘Providence and Predestination in Al-Ghazali’, New Blackfriars 92 (2011), pp. 55–70

Daniel Lim, ‘Why Not Overdetermination?’, The Heythrop Journal 54:4 (2013), pp. 668–677

Timothy D. Miller, ‘On the Distinction Between Creation and Conservation: A Partial Defence of Continuous Creation’, Religious Studies 45 (2009), pp. 471–485

Timothy D. Miller, ‘Continuous Creation and Secondary Causation: The Threat of Occasionalism’, Religious Studies 47 (2011), pp. 3–22

Thomas V. Morris (ed.), Divine and Human Action: Essays in the Metaphysics of Theism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988)

Andrew Pessin, ‘Does Continuous Creation Entail Occasionalism? Malebranche (and Descartes)’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 30 (2000), pp. 413–439

Mark Ian Thomas Robson, Ontology and Providence in Creation: Taking Ex Nihilo Seriously (London: Continuum, 2008)

Thomas F. Tracy, ‘God and Creatures Acting: The Idea of Double Agency’, in David B. Burrell, Carlo Cogliati, Janet M. Soskice and William R. Stoeger, Creation and the God of Abraham (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 221–237

David Vander Laan, ‘Persistence and Divine Conservation’, Religious Studies 42 (2006), pp. 159–176

Leigh C. Vicens, ‘On the Possibility of Special Divine Action in a Deterministic World’, Religious Studies 48:3 (2012), pp. 315–336

Eric Timothy Yang, ‘Conservation, Discontinuous Time, and Causal Continuity’, Religious Studies 45 (2009), pp. 85–93