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concurrence of God

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


P hilosophy of religion [from Latin concursus dei ] A thesis in medieval theology that proposes that God has the power to preserve the existence of things and activate them once he created them, a power that is essentially identical with his divine act of creation . All created substances are active and have causal powers, but the exercise of their causal powers must have the concurrence of God. If God withdrew his concurrence, created substances would collapse into nothing. A human action is the effect of one's own deliberation and choice and God's causal endorsement. Descartes sometimes used the phrase “regular concurrence” to account for the conservation of motion in the world whose quantity was imparted to matter when it was created. He also used the phrase “divine concurrence” to express the view that things are allowed by God to act under their own systems as they were created. “Created substances … are things which need only the concurrence of God to exist.” Descartes, Principles of Philosophy ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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