Recovering the Good News of Predestination

Eclectic Orthodoxy

How can the Church recover the preaching of predestination? The key, I believe, is the recognition that in Holy Scripture predestination is good news. It is not a philosophical conundrum to be solved; it is a form of the gospel to be proclaimed—and specifically, a form of the gospel to be proclaimed to the baptized. No theologian of the Church has seen this more clearly than Karl Barth:

The truth which must now occupy us, the truth of the doctrine of predestination, is first and last and in all circumstances the sum of the Gospel, no matter how it may be understood in detail, no matter what apparently contradictory aspects or moments it may present to us. It is itself evangel: glad tidings; news which uplifts and comforts and sustains. Once and for all, then, it is not a truth which is neutral in face of the antithesis…

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About Jon Anderson

Everyday is another day I try to be Jonathan Anderson (nothing more and nothing less), to live and love authentically on this journey of discovering my true self, which is a journey of the heart. Kierkegaard once said, “Once you label me you negate me.” I’m not a label, but I find these useful about myself: Orthodox Christian. Peaceful Distributist/Libertarian. Armchair Theologian. Hack Philosopher. Existential Realist. Hopeful Universalist. Quasi-Pacifist. Recovering Shame-oholic. Aspiring Therapist. I am a person of WORTH created in the Image of God the Father, the Almighty, to live, to love, and to commune with fellow humankind and with the Blessed Trinity.

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