Does God's sovereignty seem troubling in light of human freedom and responsibility? In Determined to Believe? John C. Lennox sets out to help people come to grips with the biblical treatment of this issue for themselves. Through this comprehensive review of the topic of theological determinism, Lennox first defines the problem, examines the concepts of freedom, explores the different kinds of determinism, and reveals the moral problems they posit. Lennox will equip readers with biblical teaching on the topic as he leads them through the spectrum of theological opinion on it.
Following this treatment of the theological issue, he dives deeper into the Gospels and investigates what we can learn regarding determinism and responsibility from Paul's discussion in Romans on God's dealings with Israel.
Finally, Lennox takes on the issue of Christian assurance. This detailed and nuanced study challenges some of the popular assumptions about theological determinism and offers a fresh perspective for the debate.
Part 1: The Problem Defined
- The Nature and Limitations of Freedom
- Different Kinds of Determinism
- Reactions to Determinism: The Moral Problem
- Weapons of Mass Distraction
Part 2: The Theology of Determinism
- God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
- The Biblical Vocabulary
Part 3: The Gospel and Determinism
- Human Capacity and its Limits
- The Human Condition: Diagnosis and Remedy
- Drawn by the Father and Coming to Christ
- The Irreversibility of Regeneration
- The Gospel and Human Moral Responsibility
Part 4: Israel and Determinism
- Israel and the Gentiles
- Why Doesn't Israel Believe?
- The Hardening of Pharoah's Heart
- Is Israel Responsible?
- Has Israel a Future?
Part 5: Assurance and Determinism
- Christian Assurance
- Will Faith in God Endure?
- Warning in Hebrews
- Assurance in Hebrews