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Providence and Freedom

Brian Davies

in The Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198267539
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198267533.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Providence and Freedom

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Thomas Aquinas maintains that God's mercy and love are aspects of his providence, but he has more to say about providence than that. In this chapter, his teaching on providence is examined, first from a general viewpoint, and then looking at the three implications of this for Aquinas – those concerning chance, the action of created secondary causes, and predestination. Finally, a look is taken at what he says on three topics that fall within the notion of providence as he, and others, have understood it – miracles, human freedom, and prayer.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; causes; chance; freedom; God; God's providence; human freedom; miracles; prayer; predestination; providence

Chapter.  12131 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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