Christians believe that the universe has a beginning and that it was not caused by preceding events but by God’s action. Thus they are committed to the view that there is, besides being caused by preceding events, another way how an event can come to occur, which many have called ‘agent causation’. In analytic philosophy, through the linguistic turn, a wrong understanding of agent causation arose. I will propose an alternative understanding and defend it against the objection that it is incoherent and against the objection that it would violate the laws of nature.
Daniel von Wachter is Professor of Philosophy, Internationalen Akademie für Philosophie im Fürstentum Liechtenstein
Daniel von Wachter (www.von-wachter.de), who is German by origin, grew up in Munich and now lives with his wife and their three children in the Principality of Liechtenstein, where he is a professor at the International Academy of Philosophy. His area of specialisation is philosophy of religion and metaphysics, in particular causality, laws of nature, free will, and divine action. Among his further research interests are libertarianism and the Enlightenment. In 1998 he obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Hamburg, in 2003 he obtained a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford.