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The Storms of Providence : Navigating the Waters of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Open Theism - Michael D. Robinson

The Storms of Providence

Navigating the Waters of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Open Theism

Paperback Published: 23rd December 2003
ISBN: 9780761827375
Number Of Pages: 312

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The Storms of Providence surveys and critiques Calvinism, Arminianism, and Open Theism as models of the divine-world relationship. Further, the book defends a modified version of traditional Arminianism. The author contends that the most theologically and philosophically sound model of the divine-world relationship is one that affirms that human actions are free and not divinely determined, even while asserting that God has complete knowledge of the future.

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'The Storms of Providence' is a brief, informed, well-organized, and mostly clear entry into the discussion from an Arminian perspective.--Dale Tuggy, SUNY Fredonia "Religious Studies "

Prefacep. viii
Plotting the Course and Gathering the Suppliesp. 1
Plotting the Coursep. 1
Gathering the Suppliesp. 4
Evaluative Criteriap. 4
Major Themesp. 11
The Voyage Begins ...p. 17
Charting the Waters of Calvinismp. 19
Representatives of the Calvinistic Modelp. 20
Augustinep. 20
Between Augustine and Calvinp. 35
Calvinp. 41
After Calvinp. 46
Evaluating the Calvinistic Modelp. 49
The Problem of Human Responsibilityp. 50
The Problem of Divine Justicep. 54
The Problem of Divine Responsibilityp. 57
The Problem of Divine-Human Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 61
Divine Atemporality, Immutability and Personhoodp. 62
The Problem of Evilp. 63
Preliminary Conclusionp. 66
Charting the Waters of Arminianismp. 67
Representatives of the Arminian Modelp. 68
Patristic Writersp. 68
Semi-Pelagians and Medieval Catholic Theologyp. 71
James Arminiusp. 77
John Wesleyp. 84
Contemporary Arminiansp. 88
Evaluating the Arminian Modelp. 89
Incompatibility with Divine Sovereigntyp. 90
Proneness Toward Works-Righteousnessp. 95
The Problem of Indeterministic Freedomp. 98
Divine Atemporality, Immutability and Personhoodp. 101
The Incompatibility of Freedom and Divine Foreknowledgep. 102
The Utility of Foreknowledge for Providential Carep. 103
Preliminary Conclusionp. 104
Charting the Waters of Open Theismp. 105
Basic Themes of Open Theismp. 106
Rejection of Divine Foreknowledgep. 107
Rejection of the Static Model of Godp. 114
The Divine Nature and Knowledgep. 115
The Divine Rulership and Salvationp. 124
Simple Foreknowledge and Providencep. 126
Evaluating Open Theismp. 127
Sovereignty, Works-Righteousness and Freedomp. 128
Freedom and Interpersonal Relationsp. 129
Divine Foreknowledge and the Biblep. 129
Divine Foreknowledge and Providential Controlp. 135
Divine Risk and Trustworthinessp. 136
Preliminary Conclusionp. 143
Navigating the Storm I: Steering Toward the Biblical Lighthousep. 145
Divine Causalityp. 146
Arminian/Open Theistic Passagesp. 146
Calvinistic Passagesp. 150
Strategies for Evaluating the Biblical Datap. 154
An Arminian Interpretationp. 157
Appeal to Progressive Revelationp. 165
Prevenient Gracep. 170
A Traditional Arminian Defensep. 171
Alternative Arminian Defenses of Prevenient Gracep. 175
Conclusionp. 183
Navigating the Storm II: Sailing with the Winds of Logicp. 185
A Conditioned God?p. 185
A Timeless, Immutable, Personal and Interpersonal God?p. 192
The Coherence of Divine Timelessnessp. 192
Timelessness and a Personal and Interpersonal Godp. 195
Foreknowledge and Freedomp. 199
Providential Control and Foreknowledgep. 211
Middle Knowledgep. 212
The Conditional Will-Actual Foreknowledge Modelp. 229
Conclusionp. 241
Caring for the Crewp. 243
The Voyage Thus Farp. 243
Petitionary Prayerp. 246
The Problem of Evilp. 249
Evangelismp. 255
Divine Guidancep. 258
Divine Guidance and Calvinismp. 259
Arminianism and Divine Knowledge of the Best Life-Coursep. 263
Simple Foreknowledge and Specific Advicep. 271
Arminianism and General Divine Guidancep. 280
Possible Problemsp. 284
Conclusionp. 288
Epilogue: Safe at Port?p. 289
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780761827375
ISBN-10: 0761827374
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 23rd December 2003
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 14.22  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.41