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Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine

Peter J. Thuesen


Predestination—the idea that God foreordains each person's eternal destiny—is one of the most fascinating and controversial doctrines in Christianity. For centuries, theologians assumed that outright denial of the dogma amounted to atheism but disagreed on whether God elected persons for salvation unconditionally (apart from foreknowledge of their actions) or conditionally (because of their foreseen merit or faith). The book argues that today's denominational landscape cannot be understood apart from such predestinarian disputes dating back 1,600 years to Augustine. The age-old riddle of divin ... More

Keywords: predestination, unconditional election, conditional election, foreknowledge, sacraments, purgatory, Calvinist, non-Calvinist, Puritan, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, megachurch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Thuesen, author
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
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