Books on Predestination
The Christian doctrine of predestination holds that God has determined before the beginning of time who will be saved and who will not. It is generally based on biblical verses that suggest this doctrine as well as the general belief that God is ultimately in control of everything. Those who have held to a strong doctrine of predestination include Augustine, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, Martin Luther, and most Reformed and Presbyterian denominations. Those who have preferred to emphasize the role of human free will in salvation (to varying degrees) include Pelagius, Catholicism, James Arminius, John Wesley, and most Methodists and Wesleyan denominations.
|Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God
by John Calvin
The name of John Calvin is often associated with the doctrine of predestination. Readers will witness Calvin masterfully arguing his points, wrestling with the scriptures, and fully engaged in the polemical world of sixteenth-century theological debate.
|Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by
Includes the Five Points of Calvinism explained in detail, objections against the doctrine of predestination, the importance of the doctrine, Calvinism in history, and index of subjects and authors.
|Election & Predestination: Keys to a Clearer Understanding
by Samuel Fisk
Customer review: "I have read several books relating to predestination, election, free will, etc. In my opinion, this book is the best on this subject. It offers references from many different commentators and scholars not just the author's own bias. The first half of the book deals with an overview of the topic. It is very helpful in getting up to speed on the history, views, terms and issues involved. The second half of the book deals specifically with verses in the Bible relating to these issues."
|Predestination and Free Will: Four Views of Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom
by David Basinger and Randall Basinger
If God is in control, are people really free? The Basingers present four views on this thought-provoking question: Bruce Reichenbach on God's self-limited power, John Feinberg on God's control through foreordination, Clark Pinnock on God's self-limited knowledge, and Norman Geisler on God's control by foreknowledge. Paperback, from IVP.
|Chosen but Free: A Balanced View of Divine Election
by Norman Geisler
Dr. Geisler explores both the dangers implicit in ascribing to extreme views on either side of the doctrinal coin as well as the blessings and freedoms tacit to a unified understanding of this theological question. He explores the convictions of extreme Calvinism and extreme Arminianism and suggests contradictions and biblically unfounded ideas that each of the sides must hold in order to justify their views. He then argues for a moderate position to the theological question, affirming the sovereignty of God and His foreknowledge along with the human responsibility to choose or reject God offer of salvation.
|The Potter's Freedom: A Defense of the Reformation and a Rebuttal of Norman Geisler's Chosen But Free by James R. White
Geisler's Chosen but Free sparked a firestorm of controversy when he labeled Calvinism "theologically inconsistent, philosophically insufficient, and morally repugnant." White steps into the breach with his cogent response. His systematic refutation of Geisler's argument will help you understand what the Reformed faith really teaches about divine election and how Reformed thought conforms to the gospel. 337 pages, softcover from Calvary Press.
|The Bondage of the Will
by Martin Luther
Luther's work is fundamental to an understanding of the chief Reformation doctrines: our total inability to save ourselves, the sovereignty of divine grace, justification by faith, and predestination and God's foreknowledge. This accurate translation conveys the impetuousness and vigor of the original language. Includes a 50-page introduction and a helpful Scripture index. 320 pages, softcover from Revell.
by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
Discusses the issue of predestination from a Thomistic, Catholic point of view.
|Predestined for Heaven? Yes!
by Jeffrey W. Alexander
History documents the struggle of two Christian philosophies - one is God-centered; the other, man-centered. Predestined for Heaven? Yes! describes and documents the arguments that oppose a God-centered theology and heritage in favor of a "new" gospel of Christian humanism. ISBN: 1556309430.
|The Grace of God, the Will of Man
by Clark H. Pinnock
The Grace of God and the Will of Man brings together an impressive array of evangelical scholars from many traditions to examine the scope of God's saving purposes and His manner of working for the salvation of human beings. Developing the proposition that the dynamic, personal God of the Bible respects the freedom He has given to the human race, the essays in this book paint a picture of how God sensitively works out His plans for individuals and the whole of history. The writers of this volume don't claim the last word on this subject, but they make a convincing case for an evangelical alternative to deterministic theology. ISBN: 1556616910.
|Grace, Faith, Free Will: Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism and Arminianism
by Robert E. Picirilli
Grace, Faith, Free Will addresses issues that have divided Calvinists and Arminians since the Reformation. Using historical, systematic, and Biblical theology, Robert Picirilli contrasts both views of salvation. His "Reformation Arminianism" reclaims the original beliefs of Arminius and his defenders. ISBN: 0892656484.
|Beyond Calvinism and Arminianism: An Inductive, Mediate Theology of Salvation
by C. Gordon Olson