JOURNAL ARTICLE CRITIQUE
Wright, John H. “The Eternal Plan of Divine Providence.” Alma College 27-57.
There are many components in theology that make up one’s entire theological stance. Some components are major, while others just serve as topics of debate. Understanding theology is much more than the typical Sunday school lesson, but requires far more time, energy and patience from the one seeking the understanding. The question of the providence of God is one topic that takes this time, energy and patience. The time spent exploring this topic is well worth it. Wright states, “But the question (of providence) is finally unavoidable, and the answer one ...view middle of the document...
The author develops his thesis well. He lays the foundation in the first half of the article by educating the reader on the different views of providence, and then brings it all together in the last half. Wright believes the providence of God has divine purpose. He believes God has one plan and that plan has not changed from the beginning. This concept is crucial in the understanding of God and why he created mankind. Jesus was not the back up plan. The backbone of Christianity is God’s redemptive plan from the beginning of creation, with Jesus sitting at his side. Furthermore, Wright defuses the idea of God having a first and second plan. Again, it is essential to the Christian faith that God did not mess up. There was never a surprise that caught God off guard.
Lastly, Wright states, “What at once distinguishes and unites the antecedent and the consequent plans of God is the free determinations of the creatures within the antecedent plan of God.” Wright believes that humankind has free will to choose God, and the free will to choose God is a part of the providence of God. Free will and providence seem to contradict each other. If everything that happens in the world leads back to God’s redemptive and providential plan, are the people that call upon Jesus’ name under his providence as well?
All in all, Wright guides the reader through his article, trying to shine light on a mystery that is rarely talked about in the church. Wright backs up his ideas with scripture, and informs the reader of differing opinions held by various groups. Although the thought of...