"Thuesen's impressive book ultimately demonstrates that pre-destination was damned from the beginning in America. Its Arminian deniers had the advantage of this nation's Enlightenment birth, liberty-loving republican youth, and the biblicism both traditions inspired."
"His thesis is that predestination provides the golden thread that runs through the complex history of American churches Although the thread sometimes runs a little thinner than the author would like, the book is commendably concise and accessible, filled with insight, and leavened with the occasional flash of dry wit The great virtue of the book is that, without taking sides among the combatants, Mr. Thuesen manages to capture the significance of their enterprise. It is nothing less than an unflinching commitment to living always mindful of the eye of eternity." --Wall Street Journal
"Surprisingly, Thuesen makes the history of a doctrine-one riddled with arcane terminology and hair-splitting distinctions-not only accessible but also engaging. He has produced an intellectual history that puts ideas in their social context and takes seriously the lives of the men and women who thought about them." --Christianity Today
"Peter Thuesen has written a careful and compelling historical account of the way in which predestination has vexed and engaged the church in the United States. . . . This book is a compelling reminder of where we have been, what is entrusted to us, and how much we have forgotten." --Walter Brueggemann, Christian Century
"Theology still matters in American religious history, and I cannot think of a book that makes that case more effectively than Peter Thuesen's subtle, learned account of predestination's fate." --Thomas S. Kidd, Church History
"Peter Thuesen's history of this most intractable of Christian doctrines manages-without ever taking its subject less than seriously-to be surprising, enlightening, and unexpectedly entertaining." --Arnold Hunt, Church Times
"This is a very fine, useful, and readable book." --Choice
is a timely book in light of the current wave of debate over Calvinism in American Baptist and evangelical circles. The doctrine of predestination, to which virtually all conservative Christians subscribe in some form, has enjoyed recurring revivals often fraught with great controversy. Thuesen masterfully describes its "career" throughout especially American church history."--Religious Studies Review