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The Great Debate: Predestination vs. Free Will


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  • Actors: Dr. Bruce A. Ware, Dr. Joe Dongell, Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, Dr. Jerry Walls
  • Directors: Brian MArshall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: The Apologetics Group
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00135OVIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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How can sinful men become acceptable in the eyes of a perfectly holy God? Jesus famously gave the answer in John 3:3 when he declared that unless a man is born again he cannot ever see - much less enter - the kingdom of God.

Simple enough, right?

Well, apparently not. There may be no more controversial issue in the annals of Christianity than how exactly this process of being born again works. Is it a monergistic act: meaning a sovereign and unilateral operation on the part of God as He shows mercy on particular sinners? Or does man play a part, working with God synergistically? And, of course, all manner of other questions spring forth from this dichotomy: Does saving grace extend equally to all men? What part, if any, does man play in the process? Once you are born again, can you lose your salvation? The list goes on.

There may be no better way to consider both sides of these profound questions than to listen to skilled apologists for each side challenge and rebut each other's perspectives. And so we welcome you to The Great Debate: Predestination vs. Free Will as four gifted theologians square off along what is commonly termed the Calvinistic/Arminian divide.

Hosted by Brian Marshall of Appleseed Ministries, the four scholar/debaters are:

Dr. Bruce Ware: Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Joe Dongell: Professor of New Testament Studies, Asbury Seminary
Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner: Professor of New Testament Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Jerry Walls: Professor of Philosophy, Asbury Seminary

Product Details
Producer: The Apologetics Group
Studio: Appleseed Ministries, 2005
Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC with chapter selection menu Language: English
Region: Region Free (will play everywhere)
Run Time: 109 minutes

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I have always enjoyed a good debate; the point/counterpoint exchange can be an interesting and very efficient way to crack open and understand an issue. The Great Debate does just this with the transcendently important issue of just how man is saved from sin. --Jay Rogers, President of Media House International

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Computer Book Lover on September 29, 2008
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This video is very simple, not technically excellent (there are some mismatches where the voice does not match the video), but the actual debate is awesome- very informative and challenging. What I learned is that the two sides are farther apart than I thought. In my mind there was a clear winner - one side who presented their side more persuasively. But you will have to watch it and make up your own mind!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lee Russi on February 23, 2009
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Although this debate will never end, it will also always look the same. The Arminians will just about always use philosophical attacks to debate against Calvinism and Calvinist will use exegesis of the bible. The question has never been or will never be how either systematic theology suits us but rather which one is biblical. And I think that by the end of the debate most people will know who was biblical and who was dancing around biblical text.

This debate was very good with both camps faithfully expressing classic Arminianism and Calvinism. The video was a little off at times, the audio and visual were out of sync, but everything else seemed fine. Overall I recommend this product to anyone that likes a civilized debate.
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I think this was a very good debate for helping me think through some of the biblical and philosophical arguments on both sides of this debate. I think the debate outcome was clear, but to me the more important value was thinking through the issues.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Jones on November 9, 2011
This is a great debate for those who are already somewhat familiar with the issues. It is not intended for those who have no exposure to the Calvinism-Arminianism debate, nor is it intended for those who are professional theologians. It is intended to give laypeople a balanced view of both sides. I think it does that well. I've shown it to several of my introductory theology classes and it has been well received. Interestingly, the majority of my students seem to think that the Arminians do a better job of arguing their points than do the Calvinists. I think they can see through the Calvinists' pretension that they have no philosophical presuppositions that influence their exegesis, and they appreciate that the Arminians are very "up front" about how their philosophical conclusions are implications of the Bible rather than clear biblical statements. Obviously both sides are making inferences from biblical passages: the question is not about who believes the Bible but rather who is interpreting it correctly.
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