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Providence

Gordon Graham

in The Shape of the Past

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780192892553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892553.003.0007

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Vico believed in the historical importance of Divine Providence. His writings give considerable importance to theological conceptions and he himself was a religious person. The question of God's existence is crucial to the truth of most of the sacred histories because if He does not exist sacred histories are all false. Jewish and Christian sacred histories take it for granted that the Bible is the revealed word of God. Without this, the enterprise would appear to be baseless. Christian sacred history is the story of salvation. The Book of Job or the Psalms, for instance, though not wholly without historical overtones, are largely works of spiritual meditation and reflection.

Keywords: Divine Providence; theological conceptions; Christian sacred history; Book of Job

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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