He expects it through an exertion of power, through an efficient cause.
What this efficient cause is, is a question that awakens no responsive inquiry.
Back of every suicide and every attempt to commit suicide is the natural and efficient cause.
Presiding over all this advance is the "efficient cause," God.
The natural world exists and subsists from the spiritual world, just as the effect exists from the efficient cause.
Bare silence (which is no efficient cause) doth prove them to be in force.
Fire is undoubtedly the efficient cause of the stunted and irregular growth of the pine barrens.
The Word is not only the type but the efficient cause of the cosmos.
Are we not satisfied now that back of every act and thought and dream and fancy is an efficient cause?
The supposed "efficient cause," is wholly circumscribed by law.
c.1200, "reason for action, grounds for action; motive," from Old French cause "cause, reason; lawsuit, case in law" (12c.), and directly from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin.
In English, sense of "matter of concern; side taken in controversy" is from c.1300; that of "the source of an effect" is early 14c.; meaning "reason for something taking place" is late 14c. Cause célèbre "celebrated legal case" is 1763, from French. Cause why? "for what reason?" is in Chaucer.
late 14c., "produce an effect," also "impel, compel," from Old French causer "to cause" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin causare, from Latin causa "a cause; a reason; interest; judicial process, lawsuit," of unknown origin. Related: Caused; causing. Classical Latin causari meant "to plead, to debate a question."