Determined to Believe: The Sovereignty of God, Freedom, Faith and Human Responsibility
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A fresh look at the relationship between God's sovereignty and human freedom. Challenging widely held assumptions about theological determinism, Lennox explores the different types of predestination and the problems they pose; investigates what the Gospels and Paul's Letter to the Romans say about responsibility; and tackles the issue of Christian assurance. 352 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Title: Determined to Believe: The Sovereignty of God, Freedom, Faith and Human Responsibility
By: John C. Lennox
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0310589800
ISBN-13: 9780310589808
Stock No: WW589808

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A serious biblical and philosophical investigation of theological determinism: the idea that everything that happens has already been decided by God, including who will and won’t be saved.

This book was written for those who are interested in, or troubled by, questions about God's sovereignty and human freedom and responsibility. Christian apologist John Lennox writes in the spirit of helping people understand the biblical treatment of these concepts.

In this mind-bending review of the topics of theological determinism, predestination, election, and foreknowledge, Lennox:

  • Defines the problem, considering the concept of freedom, the different kinds of determinism, and the moral issues these pose.
  • Explores the range of theological opinion and unpacks what the Bible—especially the gospels and Paul's letter to the Romans—teaches about human and sovereign will.
  • Addresses the question of Christian assurance: how can I know if I have salvation?

This nuanced and detailed study challenges some of the widely held assumptions about theological determinism and brings a fresh perspective to the debate.

This book is for anyone who's asked questions like:

  • Is my decision to believe or disbelieve in Jesus actually my decision?
  • Is it possible for a genuine believer to lose their salvation?
  • How much free will do I really have?

By the author of Seven Days that Divide the World and 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, Determined to Believe? will launch your consciousness into a fresh understanding and appreciation of this important Christian debate and help you think both biblically and logically about the human condition.

Author Bio

John C. Lennox (MA MMath. MA (Bioethics) PhD, DPhil, DSc, FISSR) is Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at the University of Oxford and (Emeritus) Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is author of a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy, and theology, including, God and Stephen HawkingDetermined to BelieveCan Science Explain Everything? and Cosmic Chemistry: Do God and Science Mix? Prof. Lennox is a widely recognized public intellectual who has engaged in numerous debates with public figures such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Ruse, and Peter Atkins on questions at the interface of science, philosophy, and religion.

Editorial Reviews

Determinism, whether biological, emotional or even spiritual, may have shattering effects at all levels, including faith. I have been eyewitness of the shipwreck caused by its influence on some people's lives. In an age prone to extremisms, even in Christian circles, Determined to Believe? is a wise and profoundly biblical demonstration that God's truth cannot be a source of despair or frustration, but a spring of abundant life in Christ. John Lennox's work comes as a necessary and excellent vaccination against the dangers of determinism on the life of faith. -- Pablo Martínez, psychiatrist, author and Bible teacher

In this wide-ranging book that is sure to garner much interest, the polymath and apologist John Lennox turns his attention to issues of long-standing debate within Christian theology: freedom and necessity, sin and grace, predestination and perseverance. In his characteristically insightful and winsome way, Lennox offers probing but charitable criticisms of popular views and suggests a way forward. This book will be helpful in many ways -- even (and perhaps especially) for those inclined to disagree with its conclusions. -- Thomas H. McCall, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Director, Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

John Lennox is widely recognized as one of the top Christian intellectuals of our time. Yet he is also rightly admired for his uncanny ability to get right down to the basic issues in a discussion and to write about them with a simple clarity that still exemplifies depth and range of treatment. And, as one would expect, Determined to Believe? is a model of these virtues. This is no ordinary rehash of old debates about Calvinism vs. Arminianism, God's sovereignty vs. free will and moral responsibility, and so on. In fact, the real brilliance of the book lies in Lennox's insistence that we set aside old labels and try a fresh approach with new eyes to the topics related to the acceptance or non-acceptance of theological determinism. As a result, this is a treasure trove of clear, easy to understand biblical exegesis, helpful definitions of key terms like foreknowledge and predestine, and coverage of theological determinism as it relates to the human condition, the nation of Israel and the hardening of Pharaoh's heart, and the assurance a believer may rightly claim regarding one's salvation. I highly recommend this refreshing and helpful book. -- J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA

John Lennox, one of today's finest evangelical minds, treats the reader to a well-argued position on this controversial contemporary debate among evangelicals. Scriptural in content, philosophical in argument, comprehensive in scope, and irenic in tone, it rescues the debate from much of partisan rhetoric so often found in books on the same subject. Finally, a book that avoids a proof-texting approach placing the discussion in the context of the entire Judeo-- Christian narrative craft ed with exegetical integrity and intellectual rigor. Reading it is like having a stimulating conversation with a good friend. -- Bruce Little, Senior Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary

Lennox is no fool. Nor does he rush in, though he bravely explores ground where angels may fear to tread. And the overall debate about freedom is an 'argument for the sake of heaven' that no Christian should duck -- because it bears on our view of the character of God, of human dignity, of moral responsibility, and therefore on our mission and public witness. Gracious, patient, tenacious, persistently biblical, and eschewing argument by labels, Lennox is a model of how to handle issues that are divisive but important. It is up to each of us to read, study, think, pray, and decide for ourselves. The heart, face, and voice of our faith are all at stake in the answers we give. -- Os Guinness, author of Impossible People

Professor Lennox raises serious biblical, theological, and philosophical questions about theological determinism -- the belief that God has foreordained and rendered certain all that happens including who will be saved and who will not be saved. Anyone curious about this belief must read Determined to Believe? -- Roger E. Olson, Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

With grace, humility, wisdom, and boldness, John Lennox offers a readable, biblically-informed guide that tackles important questions about freedom and fatalism, salvation and sovereignty, faith and foreordination, regeneration and reprobation. This book will be a help for those perplexed by -- and even pressured into accepting -- a theological system that strikes them as undermining genuine moral responsibility and calling into question the assurance of salvation. -- Paul Copan, Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University and author of An Introduction to Biblical Ethics and A Little Book for New Philosophers

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