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Frederick DouglassAmerica's Prophet$
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D. H. Dilbeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636184

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636184.001.0001

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Unraveling the Mysteries of God’s Providence and Progress

Unraveling the Mysteries of God’s Providence and Progress

(p.140) 10 Unraveling the Mysteries of God’s Providence and Progress
Frederick Douglass

D. H. Dilbeck

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter summarizes a major theological concern of Douglass’s post-Civil War life: the nature of God’s providence and the place of moral progress in history. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which posits that Douglass increasingly doubted divine providence later in life, this chapter reveals how Douglass continued to adhere to a strong believe in God’s providential work in history to affect great social and moral improvement. This confidence in God’s providence proved foundational to Douglass’s enduring prophetic faith.

Keywords:   Divine providence, Moral progress, Religion and progress, Religion and providence

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