Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of God's Sovereignty and Free Will

Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of God's Sovereignty and Free Will

by Norman L. Geisler

Paperback(3rd Edition)



The Reformed movement has gotten younger and more outspoken since Chosen But Free was published more than ten years ago, making the topic of divine election one of utmost importance to the church today. Young Christians in particular are in constant debate over these issues, wondering what is true and how it might affect their lives.

People on both sides of the debate will want to read a "middle-ground" book. In addition, this revision deals more directly with the personal issues involved in the debate. For example, how do our beliefs about free will affect us when it comes to perceptions of love, personal responsibility, and purpose? And how does it affect our ability to worship God?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764208447
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (1932-2019) taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and was distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He wrote nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Christian Ethics, and Systematic Theology.

Table of Contents

1 Ideas Do Have Consequences 11

2 What Are the Alternative? 15

3 Who's in Charge? 22

4 Why Blame Me? 31

5 Avoiding the Extreme Sovereignty View 51

6 Avoiding the Extreme Sovereignty View (continued) 73

7 Avoiding the Extreme Free Will View 108

8 Seeking a Biblical Balance 130

9 So What? 160

10 Responding to Critics 177


1 Great Church Fathers on Free Will 189

2 Was Calvin a Calvinist? 199

3 The Origins of Extreme Calvinism 206

4 Answering Objections to Free Will 221

5 Is Faith a Gift Only to the Elect? 228

6 Biblical Support for Unlimited Atonement 241

7 Double-Predestination 262

8 Jonathan Edwards on Free Will 268

9 Is Regeneration Prior to Faith? 274

10 Monergism vs. Synergism 282

11 Extreme Calvinism and Voluntarism 285

12 Understanding Calvinism's Five Points 293

13 The Canons of Dort 296

14 Four Views on Eternal Security 306

Bibliography 327

Subject Index 332

Scripture Index 339

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