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Predestination

Hardback|Aug 2009
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Predestination-the idea that God foreordains one's eternal destiny-is one of the most fascinating and controversial doctrines in Christianity. In this groundbreaking history, the first of its kind, Peter Thuesen shows that far from being only about the age-old riddle of...


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Predestination-the idea that God foreordains one's eternal destiny-is one of the most fascinating and controversial doctrines in Christianity. In this groundbreaking history, the first of its kind, Peter Thuesen 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 and practices-the efficacy of the sacraments, the existence of purgatory and hell, the extent of God's providential involvement in human affairs-and has fueled theological conflicts across denominations for centuries. ^In Puritan New England, the "terrifying decree" of predestination drove some people to suicidal despair even while it convinced others that they were an elect remnant in a fallen world. The doctrine subsequently declined, ridiculed by deists like Thomas Jefferson and evangelicals like John Wesley. Yet to those on the margins, from Lutheran immigrants to "hard-shell" Baptists, i
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 304082
  • Product Code 9780195174274
  • ISBN 0195174275
  • EAN 9780195174274
  • Pages 226
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Aug 2009
  • Dimensions 236 x 162 x 25mm
  • Weight 0.592kg
  • Acknowledgments; List Of Illustrations; Introduction; The Predestinarian Labyrinth: Historical Background; The Agony And The Ecstasy: Predestination In New England Puritanism; "shall The Hellish Doctrine Stand?" Enlightenment Doubts And Evangelical Division; From Puritans To Yankees: Attacking Predestination In The Young Republic; Domesticating A Doctrine: Catholics And Lutherans; Debating A Doctrine: Presbyterians And Baptists; Epilogue: The Purpose-driven Life? Predestination After Denominationalism; Glossary Of Theological Terms; Notes; Bibliography

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