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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY RESEARCH PROPOSAL ON DIVINE PROVIDENCE, FREE WILL, CREATION AND MIRACLES Submitted to Dr. Dennis McDonald in partial fulfillment of requirements for the completion of THEO 525-D05 Systematic Theology 1 by Mattie Roby May 4, 2020
Thesis The focus of this paper is Divine Providence, Creation, Free Will, and Miracles. How does creation, free will, and miracles relate to Divine Providence and how does this knowledge arm the believer in one’s walk with God? This paper will investigate how some theologians relate the Doctrine of Divine Providence to Creation, Free Will, and Miracles, and how this information will impact the believer’s knowledge in the workings of God. 1
Contents Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………… 3 Overview Divine Providence, Creation, Free Will, and Miracles …………………………..4 Differing Views on Providence and Free Will …………………………………………... 7 Conclusion ……………………………………………..………………………………………13 Selected Bibliography ………………………………………………………………………….15 2
Introduction There is a propensity for believers in Christ to identify God’s divine provision with illustrations in the Bible that depict a physical need to be met in an exasperating situation, but how does the Doctrine of Divine Providence relate to Doctrines of Creation, Free Will, and Miracles? This paper will investigate how some theologians relate these doctrines and how this information will impact the knowledge of the believer in the workings of God. Through this research believers can become intimately acquainted with these inter-workings thus yielding prolific wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in building up of the kingdom of God. People ask frequent questions when tragedy strikes as to why and if the world has a depth of meaning: since Christianity is a religion that emphasizes divine providence—that is, God’s acts of creating and sustaining the universe, 1 it is important to know that His providence is captured through creation, free will, prayer, and miracles. The providence of God is defined as the preservation of God maintaining his creation in existence which is exemplified in Neh. 9:6. 2 Creation is defined as the work of God engendering everything that is without the use of pre-existing materials being illustrated in Genesis 1;1-31; 2: 1-25. 3 One fundamental element of Christian belief is that our God is perfect in all ways featuring a God who is perfect knowledge, love, and power exhibiting those perfections through the detailed control he exercises over his creation. 4 A world that is eternal is deemed a necessary effect of divine causation whether we interpret God as the first unmoved mover as did Aristotle or from the first eternal agent from whom the world emanates as has been maintained by Plotinus and medieval 1 Victor I. Ezigbo. “Divine Providence.” In Introducing Christian Theologies: Voices From Global Christian Communities, Volume One. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press. 2013, 218.

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