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.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

God and the Cosmos

There’s a book scheduled for publication in April 2012: God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time and History, by Harry L. Poe and Jimmy H. Davis. Here’s the blurb and the table of contents, taken from the IVP website:

Theologian Harry Lee Poe and chemist Jimmy H. Davis argue that God’s interaction with our world is a possibility affirmed equally by the Bible and the contemporary scientific record.

In Part One, the authors conduct a comparative study of the Christian model with other religious and philosophical depictions to show that the biblical God interacts with the physical universe in a truly novel way.

Part Two turns to scientific research to identify many ways that the universe, including human history itself, is constituted to allow for divine interaction with it. Rather than confirming that the cosmos is closed to the actions of the divine, advancing scientific knowledge seems to indicate that the nature of the universe is actually open to the unique type of divine activity portrayed in the Bible.

Introduction: Where Is God?

Part One: What Kind of God Interacts with the World?
1. Religious Views of God and Nature
2. Traditional Christianity
3. The Process Theology Option
4. Beyond the God of the Gaps

Part Two: What Kind of World Allows God to Interact?
5. Cosmology and the Emergence of Everything
6. God, Quantum Mechanics, and Chaos
7. God and Life
8. God and History
9. Conclusion

In theory, this looks a good read; but I am a little cautious that what will be said won’t be anything that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. I don’t suppose anyone else has any further information on this book?

Oh – and Happy New Year!


  1. have you read Roger's Version on this theme?

  2. The Updike book? I read it a few years back and didn't think much to it. Probably as a result, I don't remember too much of it. What does he say?


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