About Providence, Divine Action and the Church


In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Books on Providence, 2011

These three books on providence, scheduled for publication in 2011, have caught my eye.

First up is John H. Wright, Divine Providence in the Bible: Meeting the Living and True God, Vol. 2: New Testament, which Amazon.co.uk lists as being available from the end of January. I've already obtained the first volume, which looks, astonishingly enough, at providence in the Old Testament. I plan to read both together when I've bought Volume 2.

Next is Four Views on Providence, scheduled for publication in mid-March, featuring contributions from William Lane Craig and Gregory Boyd. The blurb on Amazon.com mentions that the four views on providence are organised around predestination and atonement, so it will be interesting to see how the contributors relate providence to these other two doctrines.

Finally, my friend Christopher Green is publishing his Ph.D thesis under the title Doxological Theology: Karl Barth on Divine Providence, Evil and the Angels. It seems to me that secondary literature on Barth's account of providence is sparse, so Chris's volume is most welcome. Expect a review one day, though not until at least November!

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