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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Divine Providence

"A Christian doctrine of providence will not be content with conceiving God as one who unilaterally moves people about like so many otherwise inert chess pieces. That way fatalism lies. But neither does God let the pieces take control of the board. Rather, God convincingly persuades some of the pieces freely to play of their own accord in a way that so corresponds to God's will that we can speak (albeit hesitantly) in terms of dual agency (Hesitantly, because God and human agents are not on the same ontological level)."

-Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Remythologizing Theology (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 367.

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