Predestination & Free Will: Four Views of Divine Sovereignty & Human Freedom
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Predestination & Free Will: Four Views of Divine Sovereignty & Human Freedom

InterVarsity Press / 1986 / Paperback

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If God is in control, are people really free? The Basingers present four views on this thought-provoking question: Bruce Reichenbach on God's self-limited power, John Feinberg on God's control through foreordination, Clark Pinnock on God's self-limited knowledge, and Norman Geisler on God's control by foreknowledge. 179 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 1986
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 X .50 (inches)
ISBN: 0877845670
ISBN-13: 9780877845676

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If God is in control, are people really free? This question has bothered Christians for centuries. And answers have covered a wide spectrum. Today Christians still disagree. Those who emphasize human freedom view it as a reflection of God's self-limited power. Others look at human freedom in the order of God's overall control. David and Randall Basinger have put this age-old question to four scholars trained in theology and philosophy. John Feinberg of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Norman Geisler of Dallas Theological Seminary focus on God's specific sovereignty. Bruce Reichenbach of Augsburg College and Clark Pinnock of McMaster Divinity College insist that God must limit his control to ensure our freedom. Each writer argues for his perspective and applies his theory to two practical case studies. Then the other writers respond to each of the major essays, exposing what they see as fallacies and hidden assumptions. A lively and provocative volume.

Author Bio

David Basinger is professor of philosophy and ethics at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. He is the author of (SUNY) and joint author of the books (Oxford) and (Ashgate). Dr. Basinger is currently dean of curriculum at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Among his published work is the essay "Faith/Reason Typologies: A Constructive Proposal," in (1997). Bruce R. Reichenbach (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is a professor of philosophy at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also been a visiting professor at Juniata College, Daystar University in Kenya and Morija Theological Seminary in Lesotho. He is the author or coauthor of a number books, including (coauthored with V. Elving Anderson) and Clark Pinnock was Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. Widely regarded as one of evangelicalism's most stimulating theologians, he produced several widely discussed books, including and (with four other scholars) He passed away in August, 2010.

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  1. cbcarter
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    helpful and revealing
    May 1, 2015
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is written in a debate form of sorts. One author will state his premise, the the other three respond with their agreements and disagreements. Feinberg and Geisler focus on God's sovereignty and control, while Reichenbach and Pinnock focus on free will. I felt like Feinberg, Geisler, and Reichenbach, despite their disagreements, manage to maintain the nature of God's foreknowledge as believed by Christians for about two thousand years. Pinnock, on the other hand, goes off the deep end, so to speak. The God he describes resembles nothing the church has believed in for centuries. His God DOESNT KNOW the future, and we can thwart his will. In other words, god can fail. His will is not always accomplished. I could go on, but Pinnocks god I have never seen in scripture, and interestingly, he offers no scripture to support his view. Still, if you want to find out what "open theists" believe, this book is for you. Well written, easily readable, you should buy this book to hone your own beliefs about our God and this topic. Well worth it. I wouldn't give it to a new believer, however. If one doesn't already have a decent grasp of Christian theology, it could get confusing. A definite buy!!
  2. Gary Parker
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 20, 2008
    Gary Parker
    Gives a general idea of the four different views. Very good read if you want a general consensus on predestination.
  3. Walt
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 1, 2002
    The format is excellent with the various views presented. However, the arguments were more philosophical and less scriptural.
  4. Matthew Baland
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 29, 2002
    Matthew Baland
    This book effectively instructed me of the various beliefs on the topic of predestination and free will. Its strength is its format. With four different contributors it is not subject to a bias representation of one viewpoint or another. It also allows for the other contributors to write responses to each of their counterpart's essays. The language of the book is somewhat technical and is recommended for those who are familiar with the subject or are ready for some critical reading. This book has affected my personal view while giving helpful insight into the four major viewpoints on predestination and free will.
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