Chapter

Introduction

Matthew Levering

in Predestination

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604524
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604524.003.0001
Introduction

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The Introduction begins with the question of whether the doctrine of predestination should continue to be explored, or whether it should be put to rest as a theological quicksand. The Apostle Paul advocates the doctrine, but Origen interprets Paul's words in the opposite direction, and many eminent theologians today criticize predestination as a menacing doctrine. For those who do hold the doctrine, the fundamental problem consists in how to affirm God's eternal predestination to salvation (a sheer gift) without falling into the pitfalls of radically limiting God's love or of denying the efficacy of his eternal gifting. The Introduction summarizes the chapters of the book and details the various kinds of solutions that Christian thinkers have offered.

Keywords: predestination; Paul; God; Christian thinkers; love

Chapter.  5103 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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