About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

A. Introductory

My intention here is to provide an extensive bibliography of resources for the doctrine of providence. This is an ongoing project, so do contact me if you know of any works that should be included, or if you wish for me to make an amendment or correct an error.

Last Updated: 6 May 2012


Jeff Astley, David Brown and Ann Loades (eds.), God in Action: A Reader. Problems in Theology 5 (London: T&T Clark, 2004)

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols.), translated by John Vriend (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004; first pub. ????), 2:591–620

Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology (London: Banner of Truth, 1958; first pub. 1939), pp. 165–178

G. C. Berkouwer, The Providence of God, translated by Lewis B. Smedes (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952; first pub. 1950)

Allan Coppedge, The God Who is Triune: Revisioning the Christian Doctrine of God (Downers Grove: IVP, 2007), pp. 289–328

Timothy J. Gorringe, God’s Theatre: A Theology of Providence (London: SCM Press, 1991)

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester: IVP, 1994), pp. 315–354

Colin E. Gunton, The Christian Faith: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 20–37

Paul Helm, The Providence of God. Contours of Christian Theology (Leicester: IVP, 1993)

Heinrich Heppe, Reformed Dogmatics: A Compendium of Reformed Theology, revised and edited by Ernst Bizer; translated by G. T. Thomson (London: Wakeman Great Reprints, 1950), pp. 251–280

Michael J. Langford, Providence (London: SCM Press, 1981)

H. D. McDonald, The God Who Responds (Cambridge: James Clarke, 1986)

Daniel L. Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), pp. 117–138

Roger E. Olson, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002), pp. 177–197

Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology (3 vols.), translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1991–1998), Vol. 2, pp. 35–59

William C. Placher, Sally McFague and Kathryn Tanner, ‘Is God in Charge? Creation and Providence’, in William C. Placher (ed.), Essentials of Christian Theology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003), pp. 93–131

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, ‘Providence’, in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), pp. 641–645

John Wesley, ‘Sermon LXVII: On Divine Providence’, in Sermons on Several Occasions (3 vols.), Vol. 2 (London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1876), pp. 356–370