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

Jonathan Anderson holds a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College; he graduated from Johnson University in May of 2013 with a B.S. in Bible and Preaching/Church Leadership. He also aspires to become an Episcopal priest. He’s an advocate, “social justice warrior,” and supporter of prophetic justice in the face of all injustices and oppression, but especially for African Americans who face racial inequality. He has been published on The Good Men Project and Symposium Square with works related to topics of feminism, racism, and racial issues. Jonathan resides in Johnson City, TN with his wife, Emily.

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