Providence and Evil

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199255696
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602429 | DOI:
Providence and Evil

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Calvin’s view of God's all-controlling providence is expounded, chiefly from his A Defence of the Secret Providence of God. Ten arguments from this work are identified and discussed. His attitude to 'the problem of evil' is contrasted with that of contemporary philosophers of religion. It is argued that Calvin's idea of providence appears to imply a version of 'hierarchical determinism'. His views (and method) are compared with those of the Reformer Zwingli, and with the Libertines of Calvin's day.

Keywords: determinism; evil; Libertines; problem of evil; providence; Zwingli

Chapter.  17871 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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