Willing to Believe: The Controversy over Free Will [NOOK Book]

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What is the role of the will in believing the good news of the gospel? Why is there so much controversy over free will throughout church history? R. C. Sproul finds that Christians have often been influenced by pagan views of the human will that deny the effects of Adam's fall.
In Willing to Believe, Sproul traces the free-will controversy from its formal beginning in the fifth century, with the writings of Augustine and Pelagius, to the present. Readers will gain understanding...
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Willing to Believe: The Controversy over Free Will

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Overview

What is the role of the will in believing the good news of the gospel? Why is there so much controversy over free will throughout church history? R. C. Sproul finds that Christians have often been influenced by pagan views of the human will that deny the effects of Adam's fall.
In Willing to Believe, Sproul traces the free-will controversy from its formal beginning in the fifth century, with the writings of Augustine and Pelagius, to the present. Readers will gain understanding into the nuances separating the views of Protestants and Catholics, Calvinists and Arminians, and Reformed and Dispensationalists. This book, like Sproul's Faith Alone, is a major work on an essential evangelical tenet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585581535
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 307,596
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul has served the church as a seminary professor, preacher, and author for more than forty years. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and can be heard teaching daily on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which broadcasts on more than 300 radio outlets in the United States and throughout 50 countries. Dr. Sproul has written more than 60 books and serves as Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida.

[updated 7/31/06]
R.C. Sproul has served the church as a seminary professor, preacher, and author for more than forty years. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and can be heard teaching daily on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which broadcasts on more than 300 radio outlets in the United States and throughout 50 countries. Dr. Sproul has written more than 60 books and serves as Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Illustrations and Figures 11
Introduction: Evangelicalism and an Ancient Heresy 15
1 We Are Capable of Obedience: Pelagius 33
2 We Are Incapable of Obedience: Augustine 49
3 We Are Capable of Cooperating: Semi-Pelagians 69
4 We Are in Bondage to Sin: Martin Luther 87
5 We Are Voluntary Slaves: John Calvin 105
6 We Are Free to Believe: James Arminius 125
7 We Are Inclined to Sin: Jonathan Edwards 147
8 We Are Not Depraved by Nature: Charles Grandison Finney 169
9 We Are Able to Believe: Lewis Sperry Chafer 189
Notes 205
Latin Glossary 215
Index of Personal Names 217
Index of Scripture 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Will and Grace

    If you are looking for an objective view of free will with biblical, theological, and rational accuracy, then look no further. Dr. Spoul has done just that with accuracy and clarity in His book Willing to Believe. He compares and contrasts the chief components in the arena of free will and highlights the major players that have contributed to this difficult subject. A must for someone who is interested in the unraveling one of the most complex topics in all of Christendom.

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