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Providence
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I. Religious Studies

Certainty is a fundamental human need. The answers given by religions to unsettling experiences cover a broad cultural spectrum. The issue is (1) to foresee fate as much as possible, (2) to integrate it into a cosmology, and (3) thus to master it. In general terms, we can identify four ways of containing the unforeseeable.

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Being at the mercy of natural events. Wh…

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Friedli, Richard, Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard, Bosman, Hendrik, Söding, Thomas, Plathow, Michael, Avemarie, Friedrich and Dan, Joseph, “Providence”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025387>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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