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Both the Catholic Apologists and Pedro de Valencia used Divine Providence to argue for or against the expulsion of the Moriscos. The Catholic Apologists contended that millenarian prophecies and apocalyptic visions were signs of divine warning before the event and of approval, after it had taken place. Pedro de Valencia also cited Divine Providence when he attempted to persuade Philip III not to expel the Moriscos. Valencia and the Apologists both rely on Sacred Scripture to support their arguments. The difference between Valencias perception of God and that of the Apologists was very apparent in the controversy about the fate of the Morisco children. The attitudes of the Apologists differed greatly from those of Pedro de Valencia.

Keywords: Catholic Apologists; Divine Providence; Pedro de Valencia; Philip III



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