Purpose and Providence Hardback

Taking Soundings in Western Thought, Literature and Theology

by Vernon White;

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Purpose and Providence

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Do our lives have purpose? Despite the rise of secularism, we are still confronted by a sense of meaning and direction in the events of history and our own lives - something which is beyond us and not our own creation/imagination. Using the novels of Thomas Hardy and Julian Barnes, Vernon White tracks this belief in intellectual history and tests its resilience in modern literature. Both novelists portray modern and late-modern scenarios where, although the idea of an objective purpose has been deconstructed, it still haunts the protagonists. Using literature as the starting point, the discussion moves on to an exploration of this belief in its theological form, through the doctrine of providence. White critically reviews the classic canon of providence and its pressure points - the problems in divine causality, the metaphysical assumptions required in its acceptance, and the contradictions to be found between God's purpose and the metanarratives of history. Using Barth and Frei, White suggests new ways of re-imagining divine providence to take account of these issues.
The credibility of this re-defined providence is then tested against scripture, experience and praxis, with the result being an understanding of providence that does not rely on empirical progress.

Purpose and Providence by Vernon White was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in October 2015. The ISBN for Purpose and Providence is 9780567663429.

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Details for Purpose and Providence

Page last updated 18th January 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 2015)
Number of Pages184
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4320887
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