Charles M. Wood

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article discusses the origins of the doctrine of providence and the place of providence in contemporary theological reflection. For considerable stretches of time, reflection and teaching generated by this question of God's relation to or involvement in what is going on in the world have formed a distinct doctrinal locus, and the name commonly given to this locus in the theological traditions of the West has been ‘providence’. That name, along with a substantial amount of the conceptual resources which have shaped the doctrine of providence, was among the things early Christian thinkers appropriated from their Graeco-Roman environment, and particularly from its Stoic or intellectual currents. As the Christian movement began to seek and to gain religious legitimacy, it borrowed heavily from the religious philosophies.

Keywords: theological reflection; Christianity; Stoic; religious philosophies

Article.  6678 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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