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What is Providence?
     

What is Providence?

by Derek W. H.
 
Part 1. Doctrinal. An explanation of the doctrine of providence within a Reformed understanding of God's absolute sovereignty, including absolute control of every detail in creation and our own personal lives, in the light of three caveats:

a) God is not the author of sin b) The will of man is not “violated” (we are not automatons)
c) The liberty

Overview

Part 1. Doctrinal. An explanation of the doctrine of providence within a Reformed understanding of God's absolute sovereignty, including absolute control of every detail in creation and our own personal lives, in the light of three caveats:

a) God is not the author of sin b) The will of man is not “violated” (we are not automatons)
c) The liberty or contingency of second causes is not removed

This will involve relating providence to Satan and sin, in such a way that establishes blame and culpability on our part, establishing causality and free agency.

Part 2. Illustrative. From the life of Joseph (especially Genesis 50:20), Paul (especially Philippians 1) and Naomi (Ruth 1–4).

Editorial Reviews

Sinclair B Ferguson
Derek Thomas is well-qualified to write on the subject of Providence. He wonderfully combines in one person the lucidity of a professor of theology, the sensitivity of a gifted pastor, and the personal experience of a Christian who has learned much about God's ways in his own life. He is the ideal "Mr Interpreter" to plot our way through life with a deep confidence in God's wise and sovereign love. The value of What Is Providence? is out of all proportion to its size. Here is a booklet to "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest." And once you have done that, buy a little stock so that you always have one to give to those who ask, "Why did God . . . .?"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596380929
Publisher:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)

Meet the Author

Derek Thomas is minister of preaching and teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is editorial director of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and distinguished visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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