Determined to Believe is written for those who are interested in or even troubled by questions about God's sovereignty and human freedom and responsibility. John Lennox writes in the spirit of helping people to get to grips with the biblical treatment of this issue for themselves. In this comprehensive review of the topic of theological determinism, Lennox seeks firstly to define the problem, looking at the concepts of freedom, the different kinds of determinism, and the moral problems these pose. He then equips the reader with biblical teaching on the topic and explores the spectrum of theological opinion on it. Following this Lennox delves deeper into the Gospels and then investigates what we can learn regarding determinism and responsibility from Paul's discussion in Romans on God's dealings with Israel. Finally Lennox tackles the issue of Christian assurance.
This nuanced and detailed study challenges some of the widely held assumptions in the area of theological determinism and brings a fresh perspective to the debate.
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Excellent book; destroyed by terrible narration.
John Lennox tackles this thorny subject in his usual rigorous, thought-provoking style;.
He explains a difficult subject with clarity, without over-simplifying it.
Unfortunately, the narration does not do the book justice. The narration does not flow naturally; and many words are mispronounced beyond recognition - I had to rewind often in order to grasp the words being said. Also, many words are mispronounced in a way that completely changes the meaning of the sentence. For example - 'severely' is pronounced 'severally'; 'precedence' is pronounced as 'presidents'; and 'differ' is pronounced 'defer'. I listened in confusion to a passage about 'casual determinism' until I realised that Lennox actually meant 'causal determinism'. John Lennox may be causal, but he is rarely casual in his writing!
By the end of chapter 2 I gave up listening and bought the e-book. It's a great read (but unfortunately not so great to listen to!)
- Paul McAdam