Concordia Theological Monthly

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st. paul, human action, providence, christian, philosophers, evil, atheistic, atheism, athens, doctrine, fatalism, philosophy, pagan, salvation, resurrection

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In presenting the doctrine of divine providence, the teachers of the Christian Church usually stress, in the first place, God's actual conservation of all created things, by which His creatures persist both in their being and their operation (in esse suo ac vi operandi). Should their categories at times appear as rather scholastic or academic, it is well to remember that they were endeavoring to clarify and preserve intact in its purity the somewhat mysterious Scripture doctrine of God's actual participation in creatural action against the two fundamental fallacies of erring human reason: fatalism and atheism.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 15:32-33; Acts 17:14; Acts 17:17-21; Romans 1:24, 26; Romans 1:24, 26; Romans 1:18; Romans 2:9; Romans 2:6; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 1:5-6; Acts 14:16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars