Traditional discussions of the Christian doctrine of providence often center on the relation between divine agency and human freedom, seeking to offer an account of the extent to which a person is free before God, the first cause of all things. Terry J. Wright argues that such riddles of causation cannot determine the content of providence, and suggests a unique and alternative framework that depicts God's activity in terms of divine faithfulness to that which God has made. Providence is not God as first cause acting through creaturely secondary causation; rather, providence is God's sovereign mediation of the divine presence across the whole world, achieved through creaturely faithfulness made possible and guaranteed by his own faithful action in Jesus Christ.
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Terry J. Wright is an Associate Research Fellow at Spurgeon's College, London. He was the inaugural winner (2004) of the Society for the Study of Theology / International Journal of Systematic Theology Colin Gunton Memorial Essay Prize for his essay "How is Christ Present in the World"
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