- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
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.
David Fergusson is Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Faith and Its Critics (2009) based on the Gifford Lectures (2008).
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