Pressing into Predestination

Resources, both books, essays, online material for those who read more on predestination

Pressing into Predestination

by : Duane Smets

This entry includes resources, both books, essays, online material for those who read more on predestination. The resources are not meant to be exhaustive but extensive. For the purpose of fairness, I have provided some materials from those who do not deal with the biblical material in the same way and end up with far different conclusions.

There is a lot of stuff here. If you just want to pick up one summary book I recommend, I Am Not An Arminian. The introduction is kind, fair, easy to read, covers some of the history and key issues involved in this subject.

The works which have influenced and persuaded me most are my dead friends: Augustine, Luther, Calvin and Edwards. Besides them John Piper, J.I. Packer and Charles Spurgeon have been the most passion imbuing, especially for how this doctrine relates to mission/evangelism.


A Treatise on Grace and Free Will by Saint Augustine

A Brief Declaration of Predestination by Theodore Beza

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Lorainne Boettner

The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin (See Book III, Chapters 11-14)

A Treatise on Eternal Predestination by John Calvin

The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards

Complete Works Vol. 2 by Jonathan Edwards (See Concerning Efficacious Grace)

Systematic Theology II by Charles Hodge (See Part II: Chapters 9-10, and Part III: Chapters 8, 14)

Of Effectual Calling by John Gill

The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Monergism Essays Tons of solid stuff here.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

Desiring God Ministries Tons of really good stuff from John Piper 

A Defense of Calvinism by Charles Spurgeon

Some Thoughts on Predestination by B.B. Warfield


Systematic Theology by Louis Berkoff (See Part 1: Chapter 2 and Part 4: Chapter 6)

Divine Election by G.C. Berkouwer

Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views by Gregory Boyd, David Hunt, William Lane Craig, and Paul Helm

Predestination by Gordon Clark

The Cause of God and Truth by John Gill 

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (See Chapters 32-33)

Debating Calvinism by Dave Hunt and James White

Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper

A Treatise of Effectual Calling and Election by Christopher Love

The Holy Spirit by John Owen (See book 3)

Why I Am Not an Arminian by Robert A. Peterson and Michael D. Williams

The Pleasures of God by John Piper (The appendices: Is God Less Glorious that He Ordained Evil to Be? and Are There Two Wills in God? are extremely helpful)

The Justification of God by John Piper

Dogmatic Theology by William G.T. Shedd (See Part 3: Chapter 6 and Part 4: Chapter 3)

Calvinism: Pure and Mixed by William G.T. Shedd

Still Sovereign by Thomas Shreiner and Bruce Ware

Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul

The Five Points of Calvinism by David N. Steele, Curtis C. Thomas, and S. Lance Quinn

The Potter's Freedom by James White


The Works of James Arminius by James Arminius

The Remonstrants by the adherents of Jacob Arminius

Foundations of Pentecostal Theology by Guy P. Duffield and N.M. Van Cleave (See Chapter 5: Part 2)

Finney's Lectures on Systematic Theology by Charles Finney

Chosen But Free by Norman Geisler

Systematic Theology by John Miley

A Compendium of Christian Theology by William Pope

The Other Side of Calvinism by Lawrance M. Vance

Why I Am Not a Calvinist by Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell

On Predestination by John Wesley

Free Grace by John Wesley

Christian Theology by H. Orton Wiley

Other thing I have written on this subject:

The Two Wills of God 

Comfort from the Doctrine of the Providence

How I Came to Embrace the Doctrine of Predestination

What is Reformed?