Q: Dr. Craig,
I recently listened to your Podcast from the Defenders class on God's concurrence (Defenders 2, Doctrine of Creation: Part 8). At the outset, you explained that God is the cause of everything because he concurs in it. As an attorney, this made an abundant amount of sense to me. In the law (particularly in tort), an omission (or failure to act) can be the cause of something in the same way that an affirmative act can. Of course, we would only impose liability where the omission is accompanied by some legal duty to act, but that inquiry is wholly separate from the causation inquiry.
Later in the class, a student asked about the problem of evil, and you responded that this issue exists whether or not we believe in God's concurrence, because it is similarly implicated by his failure to intervene. At this moment, I questioned my prior invocation of the act/omission distinction in understanding God's concurrence. By your response, I inferred that God's concurrence is not merely an omission, but better understood as an affirmative act.
Receive our free Newsletter
Get Dr. Craig's newsletter and keep up with RF news and events.