The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Crossway Books (October 5, 2005)
From the Introduction:
“My purpose in this book is to provide a broad defense of the high view of providence, both through critical analysis of the low view of providence and constructive application of the high view. My critical aim is to demonstrate that the concept of divine risk contradicts the plain teaching of Scripture and that the major arguments against the high view are flawed. My constructive aim is to reveal some significant benefits of the high view of providence, both of a theoretical and practical nature. Thus, the overarching thesis of this book is that there are many good reasons to accept the high view of providence and no good reasons to reject it.”
In this book Spiegel applies the high view of providence to theological matters such as divine conservation of the world, miracles, and divine emotion. He discusses implications of the high view pertaining to the practice of science, the problem of evil, and moral formation. The guiding theme of the book is the concept of God as a divine artist and the world as his art work.