Die voorsienigheidsleer van Adrio König : 'n dogmatiese beoordeling
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König is a contemporary and influential theologian and his views can not be ignored (Strauss, 2004:123). König (2002:13) regards himself as a reformed theologian, but his doctrine on providence differ from the classic reformed view. In some cases, König's theology is viewed as reformed (eg. his doctrine on justification) but not in all cases, as with the doctrine of providence (Strauss, 2004:139). According to König (2002:33) the classic Reformed understanding of providence is not comforting. Also, according to König, the classic reformed view of providence makes God an evil God who ordains evil, and then sits back and watches as it unfolds. König's (2002:237) solution for the problem of the classic reformed view is that God is not fully in control, but that He will be in control one day. This view of König is in conflict with the reformed confession which confess that God through his providential hand maintains and governs all things. In König's (2002: 226) doctrine of providence he shifts the omnipotence of the Father to the Son. This shift has great implications for different aspects of the reformed dogma, such as the doctrine of the Trinity, Covenant and Election. The conclusion is that König's doctrine of providence is not comforting in the light of the reformed confession, and that it only causes more confusion and distress.
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