conservation, divine

conservation, divine
   The doctrine of divine conservation states that God preserves and upholds creation moment by moment. Were God to stop conserving creation it would immediately cease to exist. The doctrine of divine conservation is different from that of continuous creation in that if something is conserved in being it itself continues to exist rather than being recreated or replaced by something closely connected. There has been discussion among Christian philosophers as to the relationship between divine conservation and secondary agency.
   Further reading: Morris 1988

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