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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.


GOOD RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE:


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



BOOKS (NOT ALREADY MENTIONED ABOVE):


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


NON-REFORMED MATERIAL:


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?