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The Providence of God (Contours of Christian Theology #3)

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In this concise and accessible introduction, Paul Helm outlines for students and interested readers the doctrine of divine providence. Unlike many doctrinal treatments, his approach is not historically oriented. Instead Helm focuses on the underlying metaphysical and moral aspects of God's providence, paying particular attention to the ideas of divine control, providence a ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 25th 1994 by IVP Academic (first published October 15th 1993)
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Paul Wichert
Jul 26, 2013 Paul Wichert rated it really liked it
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I really like the Contours of Christian Theology series and I liked this book, but it was admittedly difficult for me to grasp all of the philosophical arguments that were presented (I'm sure it's me, not the author). This IVP series covers the major systematic theology loci but presents them in a different way than the standard outline, statement of fact form. In particular, this book is a thoughtful journey through the major questions and options which relate to God's decree, will, and knowled ...more
Feb 02, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
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Helm is, more and more, becoming the contemporary God-father of a classically reformed understanding of God. In this book, "The Providence of God", Helm hovers over some major issues, often making the remark, "There is not space here to go much deeper...." Yet, Helm successfully, in my opinion, makes his case for a "no risk", Compatiblistic understanding of the providence of God. For some further discussion on his understanding, see his article in the new John Frame festschrift "Speaking the Tru ...more
David Shane
Nov 12, 2011 David Shane rated it really liked it
Maybe the first thing I should say is that this is definitely an academic work - don't pick it up if you are looking for some light reading about God's Providence. If you're looking to take a short break after every paragraph to make sure you understood what was just said, this may be the book for you.

This book starts off by examining two competing views of God's providence, the "risk" view and "no-risk" view. (And thus I already learned something, for I had never heard of this distinction or of
Feb 18, 2015 E rated it liked it
Helm puts forth what he calls the "no risk" view of providence, over against the "risk" view of providence (although how you can call the "risk" view providence at all is beyond me). He sets up this distinction early in the book, allowing him first to discuss alternatives like pantheism and deism. He then discusses providence in three realms, three concentric circles--in all of creation, in the works of redemption, and in the lives of believers.

His latter chapters discuss issues such as how a f
Bj Shepherd
Jun 03, 2016 Bj Shepherd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, however it is from a philosophical viewpoint (which is probably why I like it.) The book gets you thinking and helps you to understand just how the topic of the providence of God is multifaceted.
Apr 21, 2014 Marco rated it really liked it
Helm, explains this doctrine explicitly and allows readers to decide on their on views. I love his break down of middle knowledge. He is one of the few consistent philosophers, that disagree with middle knowledge.
Trevor Binkley
Nov 22, 2013 Trevor Binkley rated it really liked it
Great resource on the Providence of God.
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Read this years ago, presents a strong Reformed perspective.
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