Monday, 18 May 2015

Mark Elliott’s New Book: Providence Perceived

Word up, providence fans! Mark Elliott has now published what I assume is the follow-up to The Heart of Biblical Theology, namely: Providence Perceived: Divine Action from a Human Point of View (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015). Here’s the blurb:

This book will offer an account not so much of God’s Providence an sich, but rather of divine providence as experienced by believers and unbelievers. It will not ask questions about whether and how God knows the future, or how suffering can be accounted for (as is the case in the treatments by William Lane Craig, Richard Swinburne, or J. Sanders), but will focus on prayer and decision-making as a faithful and/or desperate response to the perception of God as having some controlling influence. The following gives an idea of the ground to be covered: The patristic foundations of the Christian view of Providence; The medieval synthesis of ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ views; Reformational and Early Modern: the shift towards piety; Modern Enlightenment: Providence and Ethics; Barth and the Sceptics; The sense of Providence in the Modern Novel and World.

I’m looking forward to reading this. Hopefully I can get hold of a review copy, as the £74.99 price tag is almost as much as the soon-to-be-released Lego Imperial Shuttle Tydirium, which is the priority for my pocket money at the moment.


  1. I'm very pleased to hear that you have your priorities right, Terry!

    Still, anything by Mark is worth reading; so, fingers crossed for that review copy.

    1. I've spoken to JTS, and I believe they're arranging for me to get a review copy. So my Imperial Shuttle is safe!