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Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine

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Winner of the Christianity Today 2010 Book Award for History/Biography, and praised in Christian Century as "witty...erudite...masterful," this groundbreaking history, the first of its kind, shows that far from being only about the age-old riddle of divine sovereignty versus human free will, the debate over predestination is inseparable from other central Christian beliefs ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 3rd 2009)
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This book is an intellectual history of the remarkably contentious doctrine. The author, a professor of religious studies, has carefully laid out the origins and permutations of predestination. The crux of the matter concerns how God's plans and power interact with human will. He traces discussion of doctrines from the early Christian Church through Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley and Rick Warren, along with a bunch of religious thinkers and movements in between.

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Fascinating and elucidating. And many reminders throughout that Christian religious experience and interpretation in the United States, even the most contemporary experiences/interpretations, always happen in the the context of religious history in the United States. In other words, there aren't many truly new conversations.

Predestinarianism vs. sacramentalism, in addition to predestinarianism vs. free will, anyone?

Excellent work on the trajectory and path of the theology of predestination within Christianity, and more specifically American Christianity.
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