What Is Providence? (Basics of the Faith)  -     By: Derek Thomas
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P & R Publishing / 2008 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1596380926
ISBN-13: 9781596380929
Availability: In Stock
Series: Basics of the Faith

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Publisher's Description

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).

Author Bio

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.

Endorsements

“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....?’” —Sinclair B Ferguson, The First Presbyterian Church, Columbia

Author Bio

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.

Publisher Description

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 God—everything! 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.”

Editorial Reviews

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 . . . .?"

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