Providence and Prayer How Does God Work in the World?

ISBN-10: 0830815783
ISBN-13: 9780830815784
Edition: 2000
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Description: Recipient of an Honourable Mention in the 2001 God Uses Ink Contest!"Lord, please give me a parking space!"That prayer sounds right on your third time around the block, frustrated and late for an appointment. But is it consistent with how God works  More...

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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/26/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Recipient of an Honourable Mention in the 2001 God Uses Ink Contest!"Lord, please give me a parking space!"That prayer sounds right on your third time around the block, frustrated and late for an appointment. But is it consistent with how God works in the world?Does prayer change God's mind or only our feelings? Does God do things because we ask him to? Or do we ask him because he prompts us to do so? How much control does God really have in the world, anyway? If he has given us free will, can he always guarantee that things will happen as he intends or wishes? Is our need for parking spaces important enough to bother God, or is he only concerned about things that advance his program of salvation?If God has already decided how things will turn out, what use is it to pray? On the other hand, if our freedom limits God's ability to achieve his wishes all the time, how much could he do even if we asked for help? How much does God know about the future, and how does this factor into the way our prayers affect the outcome? And how does God's relationship to time enter into the whole equation?With such questions in mind, Terrance Tiessen presents ten views of providence and prayer--and then adds an eleventh, his own. He describes each view objectively and then tackles the question, If this is the way God works in the world, how then should we pray? The result of his investigation is a book that puts us at the intersection between theological reflection and our life and conversation with God. It prods and sharpens our understanding, making us better theologians and better prayers.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Ten Models of Providence & Prayer
The Semi-Deist Model
The Process Model
The Openness Model (1)
The Openness Model (2)
The Church Dominion Model
The Redemptive Intervention Model
The Molinist Model
The Thomist Model
The Barthian Model
The Calvinist Model
The Fatalist Model
One More Model Proposed
A Middle Knowledge Calvinist Model of Providence
A Middle Knowledge Calvinist Model of Prayer
Appendix: A Comparative Chart of the Eleven Models
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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