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date: 18 April 2019

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The traditional Christian account of providence underwent significant modifications during the early modern period, particularly as a result of deism, resulting in its refraction in more secular contexts. This chapter focuses on two examples: imperial expansion and market economics. Here the discourse of providence is utilized in ways that are significant yet problematic. These continue to owe a debt to the theological traditions of the church but in important respects they have drifted away from Scriptural traditions. It is argued that the perceived misuse of the idea of providence in modernity has left its theological articulation in need of more careful and modest reconstruction.

Keywords: Christianity, providence, deism, imperial expansion, market economics

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