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 It perhaps can be said as a general rule, that modern thought has progressively eroded the concept of the immanence of God.  Some have drifted off into Deism, which suggests that God has no interaction with His creation. ​ Secularists have followed this trend, also-- to more and more push the concept of a deity out of their philosophies. ​ In other words, the tendency of Modernists was to push God further and further from any immediate contact with creation to a point that approaches Deism. ​ Alvin Plantinga makes this point, reacting to suggestions that God does nothing to interfere in the operation of the world. ​ He said: It perhaps can be said as a general rule, that modern thought has progressively eroded the concept of the immanence of God.  Some have drifted off into Deism, which suggests that God has no interaction with His creation. ​ Secularists have followed this trend, also-- to more and more push the concept of a deity out of their philosophies. ​ In other words, the tendency of Modernists was to push God further and further from any immediate contact with creation to a point that approaches Deism. ​ Alvin Plantinga makes this point, reacting to suggestions that God does nothing to interfere in the operation of the world. ​ He said:
  
-<​html>​The suggestion seems to be that God does nothing immediately ​((Immediately means without the use of an intermediary;​ directly.))  in creation; everything he does, he does mediately, indirectly, by way of having some creature do the immediate acting. ​ And the suggestion seems further to be that if God did act immediately in creation, he would be assuming the role of a creature; the divine role is to act only mediately and indirectly.</​html>​((Plantinga,​ Alvin. ​ Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability. In: Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: ​ Philosophical,​ Theological,​ and Scientific Perspectives. ​ Robert T. Pennock, ed.  2001. A Bradford Book.  MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts,​ USA.  p. 221.))+<​html>​The suggestion seems to be that God does nothing immediately (Immediately means without the use of an intermediary;​ directly.) ​ in creation; everything he does, he does mediately, indirectly, by way of having some creature do the immediate acting. ​ And the suggestion seems further to be that if God did act immediately in creation, he would be assuming the role of a creature; the divine role is to act only mediately and indirectly.</​html>​((Plantinga,​ Alvin. ​ Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability. In: Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: ​ Philosophical,​ Theological,​ and Scientific Perspectives. ​ Robert T. Pennock, ed.  2001. A Bradford Book.  MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts,​ USA.  p. 221.))
  
 Plantinga quickly and accurately points out that this idea fails in two obvious ways, which must be quickly clarified. ​ First, God must continuously uphold the universe by the word of His power, as Hebrews 1:3 tells us. This is sometimes called conservation. ​ Secondly, God exercises His providence by what is called concurrence in that nothing that happens in the universe happens without God being a part of it.  For example, the weather happens at the command of God.  See Psalm 148:​8. ​ So God is active in many ways, seen and unseen, by conservation and concurrence.((Plantinga,​ Alvin. ​ Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability. p. 222.)) ​ And, of course, God intervenes in the case of miracles and especially in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This is not to say that God does not intervene in non-supernatural ways, also. Plantinga quickly and accurately points out that this idea fails in two obvious ways, which must be quickly clarified. ​ First, God must continuously uphold the universe by the word of His power, as Hebrews 1:3 tells us. This is sometimes called conservation. ​ Secondly, God exercises His providence by what is called concurrence in that nothing that happens in the universe happens without God being a part of it.  For example, the weather happens at the command of God.  See Psalm 148:​8. ​ So God is active in many ways, seen and unseen, by conservation and concurrence.((Plantinga,​ Alvin. ​ Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability. p. 222.)) ​ And, of course, God intervenes in the case of miracles and especially in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This is not to say that God does not intervene in non-supernatural ways, also.

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