Predestination And Its Impact On The Theological Landscape

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Predestination Any study on predestination as it pertains to salvation would be incomplete without the mention of John Calvin. Calvin was born in 1509 and died in 1564. He is well known for his book titled Institutes of the Christian Religion, in which he explained his views on the church and other subjects like the sacraments, justification, Christian liberty and the sovereignty of God. Norman Geisler of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics described him as, “a pioneer Protestant exegete of the Bible.” Nevertheless, his theories on predestination, foreordination, and election have had a tremendous influence on the study of theology and helped to shape the theological landscape during his time as well as the current theological landscape. His influence is so predominate regarding the predestination doctrine that it is often also referred to as Calvinism. Some scholars would even point to the doctrine’s origins as being developed by Calvin. Calvinism’s main focus is on God’s sovereignty, but a portion of Calvinism directly addresses predestination, election, and foreordination. To get a better understanding of the Calvinists interpretation of predestination, as well as what is commonly the general consensus for those espousing the predestination doctrine, one need go no farther than John Calvin himself, We call predestination God’s eternal decree, by which he compacted with himself what he willed to become of each man. For all are not created in equal condition,

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