Religious Studies

Persistence and divine conservation

a1 Philosophy Department, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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Plausibly, if an object persists through time, then its later existence must be caused by its earlier existence. Many theists endorse a theory of continuous creation, according to which God is the sole cause of a creature's existence at a given time. The conjunction of these two theses rather unfortunately implies that no object distinct from God persists at all. What strategies for resolving this difficulty are available?

(Published Online April 7 2006)