P. Rüst (2002), Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 54/3, 216-
Original web publication by the American Scientific Affiliation (but with defunct e-
The basic question is whether God is free to act in his creation in whatever manner he chooses, at any time he chooses.
Van Till criticizes the traditional view of God as "an all-
I hold this view to be essentially biblical and true.
To my paper "Creative Providence in Biology", Van Till responded with "Does God Choose Among Hidden Options?", and "God's Sovereignty in Creation" is my reply.
Van Till and I agree that God is providentially active in creation, but disagree on how the Creator may have implemented this activity. Van Till opts for a concentration of the provision of all that is necessary for the entire historical development of the creation at its very beginning, emphasizing its "functional integrity".
I prefer to view it as distributed over time, as biology is enormously more complex than the physical universe, and I suspect the prebiotic universe is too small to be able to contain all the information required to build a biosphere.