The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty

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Crossway, 2005 - Religion - 255 pages
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ŇDoes God actively determine every event that comes to pass? Or does he passively allow some events to happen?Ó

When we face painful trials, there is comfort in knowing that God can see the big picture even when we canŐt. Scholar and author James Spiegel reaffirms that God knows everything that will happen in the future and is in full control. This is the classic view of GodŐs divine providence, the idea that God completely knows, controls, and directs the future.

This doctrine has come under fire recently by supporters of opposing views, especially open theists, who claim that God can be mistaken about the future and that even his plans can fail. Using scriptural texts, Spiegel analyzes the flaws of alternative views while defending the classic view of GodŐs providence. He illustrates how the classic view is beneficial to believers and shows the reader how this doctrine provides answers to difficult questions such as the problem of evil.

Where we stand on the issue of GodŐs divine providence affects every area of our lives. Spiegel provides us with an excellent explanation of divine providence.

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Review: The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty

User Review  - Todd Wilhelm - Goodreads

Chapters 3-5 were tough sledding for me. They were very detailed, perhaps over my head and I found them tedious. (The World as Divine Art; The Practice of Science, Divine Emotion). I really liked chapters 6 and 7 (The Problem of Evil, Moral and Devotional Application). Read full review

Review: The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty

User Review  - Billy - Goodreads

Loved it! Hard questions that Spiegel answered masterfully. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

James S. Spiegel is the Associate Professor of Philosophy at Taylor University. His works include Hypocrisy: Moral Fraud and Other Vices, How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad, and articles on ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.

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