The Providence of God, By Paul Helm
The Providence of God
  • Length: 246 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: February 25, 1994
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1533
  • ISBN: 9780830815333

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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 and evil, and the role of prayer in relationship to providence.

"This series has been around for over a decade now and has established itself as providing learned yet accessible treatments of key topics in systematic theology. The authors are not only fine theological thinkers, they are also passionate churchmen with a love for God's people and a desire to see the church grow in her knowledge of grace. Each volume blends exegesis, theological synthesis and judicious dialogue with the history of theology to provide an excellent treatment of the chosen topic. Highly recommended for thoughtful Christians who want to deepen their knowledge of Christian theology."

Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

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Series Preface
1. Orientation
2. Providence: Risky or Risk-Free?
3. The Theological Framework
4. Providence in Creation, Fall and Redemption
5. Providence and Guidance
6. Prayer and Providence
7. Providence and Accountability
8. Providence and Evil
9. Reckoning with Providence




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Paul Helm is a teaching fellow in theology and philosophy at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1993 to 2000 he taught as professor of the history and philosophy of religion at King's College, University of London. He has published numerous books and articles, including Eternal God: A Study of God Without Time (Oxford University Press, 1988), Belief Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Faith and Understanding (Eerdmans, 1997).