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The picture I want of God’s relationship with the world is one of continuing interaction, not occasional intervention; poking with the divine finger when things go wrong. I believe that God interacts with the world, but doesn’t overrule the freedom he has given to creatures.

-John Polkinghorne, “Does God interact with his suffering world?”

“The history of the universe is not the performance of a fixed
score, written by God in eternity and inexorably performed by
creatures, but it is a grand improvisation in which the Creator and
creatures cooperate in the unfolding development of the grand fugue of
creation.”

-John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale, Questions of Truth, page 15

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