Tag Archives: election

The Unpreachability of the “Doctrine” of Predestination

When was the last time you heard a sermon preached on election and predestination? In thirty-plus years of priestly ministry I think I may have preached on it once. Christian pastors do not preach on the topic; and it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Why is Predestination Missing in Action?

Something is wrong with traditional formulations of the doctrine of divine predestination. For over fifteen hundred years theologians of the Church—Augustine, John Cassian, John of Damascus, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, John Calvin, Luis de Molina, Robert Bellarmine, Jacobus Arminius, … Continue reading

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Tweaking Augustine: From Limited Atonement to Universalism

In my previous article “The Catholic Church and the Return of Hell,” I asked, Why are Roman Catholics historically pessimistic about the eternal salvation of humanity, given its teaching on efficacious grace? Needless to say, the question can be expanded … Continue reading

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