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Divine Providence or Divine Malfeasance: A Skeptical Inquiry

The Roman Catholic teaching, doctrine, and dogma of Divine Providence played center stage through my earlier life as a very Catholic youth, a sincere seminarian, and a compassionate priest. As you will see below, I continue to agonize over God’s alleged activism in this world long after leaving the priesthood behind.

Dependence on benevolent Providence is most beautifully described and endorsed by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 12: 22–31 (i.e., God feeds the birds with abundance and clothes the lilies in splendor without being asked). This notion always provided me with a sense of confidence, perhaps to the point of recklessness.

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