Fortress Press

Deus providebit: Calvin, Schleiermacher, and Barth on the Providence of God

Deus providebit

Calvin, Schleiermacher, and Barth on the Providence of God

Sung-Sup Kim (Author)


This book stages an intervention in Reformed readings of the doctrine of providence, particularly around Barth’s critical interpretation of the tradition stemming from Calvin and Schleiermacher, and provides a critical and constructive assessment of Barth’s contribution. The author argues that while Barth advances the discussion in key ways, his reading of Calvin in particular is significantly hampered by his running challenge to Schleiermacher.
Following an assessment of Barth’s critique of the Reformed position, the author provides an extensive reading of Calvin’s writings, demonstrating that Calvin is far more concerned with the Christological basis and Christian meaning of providence than Barth’s theology recognizes; as well, Schleiermacher’s theological construction problematizes aspects of Barth’s reading.
The upshot of this work is that each of these theologians provide critical safeguards and soundings that need to be heard in concert and mutual correction for a robust doctrine of divine providence.
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451472073
  • eBook ISBN 9781451487640
  • Pages 192
  • Emerging Scholars category Theology
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date September 1, 2014


1. Barth and the Reformed Doctrine of Providence
2. Calvin’s Doctrine of Providence
3. Schleiermacher and God the Almighty
4. Barth and God the Father as Lord


“Kim's careful research in the historical locus as well as theological meaning of the challenging and significant Reformed doctrine of providence and his judiciously-argued conclusions provide a very thoughtful and satisfying (re)assessment of the Reformed giants whom he examines.
—Elsie Anne McKee
Princeton Theological Seminary