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Two Affirmations

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/9780199604524.003.0007
Two Affirmations

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The sixth and final chapter seeks to reinvigorate theological discussion of predestination along the lines established by Catherine of Siena and Francis de Sales. This final chapter is a largely biblical argument, indebted to Thomas Aquinas's theocentric metaphysics, for why we must say two things regarding divine predestination: God's eternal love for each and every rational creature has no deficiency or stinginess, and God from eternity predestines some to union with him and permits others to rebel permanently. These two affirmations must be held in balance, so that the logic of one does not overpower the other. Since our goodness is not our autonomous achievement but comes from God, maintaining this balance depends upon recognizing that the relationship of his superabundant love for all and his election of some cannot be plumbed by us.

Keywords: theocentric; metaphysics; election; stinginess; balance; superabundant love; predestination; Aquinas; Catherine

Chapter.  11857 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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