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3. The Idea of Providence

The third presupposition is that there is a purposiveness to events which makes it possible to speak of them in the first place. Even for those who deny any actual purposiveness to events, there is still the need, just for intelligible for communication to be possible, to speak ‘as if ‘this or that event has purpose. For example, speaking of an earthquake of volcano, the horror of destruction needs to be placed in a context where attempts are made to save lives and property, and deaths are mourned as if the lives of those lost have significance — horror and mourning makes no sense at all in the face of the insignificant. Even to grasp the event of the treading on an ant, or indeed the microscopic collision of two sub-atomic particles, one need to invest the death of an ant, or the collision of the sub-atomic particles, with sufficient significance for it to be registered as an event.

More specifically, the purposiveness of events is the work of the Holy Spirit, from the event of creation through the work of the regeneration of human hearts, to the transformation of the universe.

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2. The Idea of Coherence

Second, there is a basic order of the world in the way that the many different kinds of relation harmonise with one another. No one kind of relation can provide the basis for its own harmony with all the other kinds of relation.

More specifically, from a Christian perspective, this transcendent Coherence is provided by the eternal Son of the Father, through whom all things come into being and in whom they hold together.

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1. The Idea of Origin

First there is a transcendent ground upon which all things depend. This is true even when it is held that there is an infinite regress, or, as Christians affirm, there is a definitive Origin upon from which the whole of creation derives its being.

More specifically, it is the Father who is the Origin of creation, redemption and transformation through his decree. As all things are ordained by the Father, and are redeemed through his love for the world in general and for humanity in particular, so all as his creatures are called to render him his praise.

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Presuppositions (or “Ideas”) Foundational to any Philosophy

This vision of God’s creative, redemptive and transforming action in the world provides the basis for the way we should understand the world and our life and work in it. Religion in this regard is that which shapes and governs our worldview and gives rise accordingly to the Ideas (capital I) or presuppositions upon which any philosophy is grounded.

The transcendent vision (that is, the vision given us on the basis of biblical revelation) gives rise to three presuppositions which are necessary for any Christian philosophy, or indeed, provide the basis of any philosophy in general.

Any philosophy, Christian or otherwise, proceeds on the basis of presuppositions, which are rooted and grounded in a basis religious conception of the world.  This conception of the world might lay stress on the Origin of all things, or it may lay stress on the way al things related to one another, or it may stress the process of all things.

 

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