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Abraham's DiceChance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions$
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Karl W. Giberson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277154.001.0001

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Abraham’s Dice in the Flow of Life

Abraham’s Dice in the Flow of Life

The Experience of the Tragic and Its Theological Interpretation

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Abraham's Dice
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Reinhold Bernhardt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277154.003.0016

Randomness often plays an important role in situations experienced as tragic. But if God’s providence is said to reign over the life of each individual, how can there be contingency in general and tragic contingency in particular? Beginning with the understanding of the tragic as it is implicit in Greek tragedy, the chapter explores recently developed philosophical approaches, leading to the important theological interpretation that the reality of the randomness inherent in the “tragic” seems to contradict the doctrine of divine providence. But divine providence need not be understood as theological determinism; rather, it can be seen as the spiritual guidance of God, especially in situations that are experienced as tragic. Such reflections are important to the perennial discussion on theodicy.

Keywords:   randomness, tragedy, tragic, purpose, divine will, hermeneutics, evil, contingency

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