Reformed theologian Derek W. H. Thomas discusses the doctrine of providence and states that it distiguishes belief in God from the secular world. Thomas looks at providence and Scripture and explores three historic views of God's sovereignty (classic or Augustinian-Calvinistic, Arminian or "simple divine foreknowledge, and Molinism which introduces the concept of "middle knowledge"). The author lists biblical support for the classic view and discusses how providence relates to suffering, sin, human responsibility, and trusting God. He ends his treatise with the view of God as Redeemer.
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 Gods ways in his own life. He is the ideal Mr. Interpreter to plot our way through life with a deep confidence in Gods 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....? Sinclair B Ferguson, The First Presbyterian Church, Columbia
Derek Thomas is a well-known author, a Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, serves as Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, and is the Editorial Director of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two adult children.
Few things distinguish Christian and secular worldviews with greater clarity than the doctrine of providence: that everything that happens is the outcome of the sovereign overruling of Godeverything! What is Providence? examines this truth by observing how the Bible explains the complex lives of men and women as well as weighing opposing viewpoints, including Open Theism and Molinistic views of middle knowledge.
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