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The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Paperback – April 15, 1991
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Boettner is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1928; Th.M, 1929), where he studied systematic theology under Dr. C. W. Hodge. In 1933 he received the Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the Doctor of Literature. He taught the Bible for eight years at Pikeville College (Kentucky). His books include The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932), Studies in Theology (1947), Immortality (1956) and Roman Catholicism (1962).
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"Furthermore, we do not deny that the Arminians hold many and important truths. But we do hold that a full and complete exposition of the Christian system can be given only on the basis of the truth as set forth in the Calvinistic system."
"If a distinction be desired the word 'foreordination' can perhaps better be used where the thing spoken of is an event in history or in nature, while 'predestination' can refer mainly to the final destiny of persons."
"Regardless of how some people may oppose Predestination in theory, all of us in our every-day lives are practical predestinarians....The Pelagian denies that God has a plan; the Arminian says that God has a general but not a specific plan; but the Calvinist says that God has a specific plan which embraces all events in all ages."
"Who would not prefer to have his affairs in the hands of a God of infinite power, wisdom, holiness and love, rather than to have them left to fate, or chance, or irrevocable natural law, or to short-sighted and perverted self? Those who reject God's sovereignty should consider what alternatives they have left."
"...God so presents the outside inducements that man acts in accordance with his own nature, yet does exactly what God has planned for him to do....Foreordination renders the events certain, while foreknowledge presupposes that they are certain....Hence the events which we see coming to pass in time are only the events which He appointed and set before Him from eternity....When we realize that the complete process of history is before Him as an eternal 'now,' and that He is the Creator of all finite existence, the doctrine of Predestination at least becomes an easier doctrine."
"In fact, the ancestry of Arminianism can be traced back to Pelagianism as definitely as can that of Calvinism be traced back to Augustinianism."
"We are not at liberty, however, to develop a system of our own liking. 'The question which of these systems is true,' says Dr. Charles Hodge, a zealous and uncompromising advocate of Calvinism, 'is not to be decided by ascertaining which is the more agreeable to our feelings or the more plausible to our understanding, but which is consistent with the doctrines of the Bible and the facts of experience.' 'It is the duty of every theologian to subordinate his theories to the Bible, and teach not what seems to him to be true or reasonable, but simply what the Bible teaches.'"
"The Bible unfolds a scheme of redemption which is Calvinistic from beginning to end, and these doctrines are taught with such inescapable clearness that the question is settled for all those who accept the Bible as the Word of God....In the light of modern scientific exegesis, it is quite evident that the objections which are raised against the Reformed Theology are emotional or philosophical rather than exegetical."
"While it is true that mysteries are to be handled with care, and while unwarranted and presumptuous speculations concerning divine things are to be avoided, yet if we would declare the Gospel in its purity and fullness we must be careful not to withhold from believers what is declared in the Scriptures concerning Predestination."
The lack of any table of contents (not to mention a linked table of contents) is a serious problem with this edition. Moreover, this edition for some reason lacks the section divisions and headings that are in the original. Thus, for example, when one gets to Chapter XV, one sees the title "It Is Fatalism" without realizing that this is the first chapter in Section III, "Objections Commonly Urged Against the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination." (I only found out about the section divisions and headings via the "Look Inside" feature that Amazon makes available for print editions.)
This Kindle edition also lacks linked footnotes, but they are provided at the end of each chapter, which is the next best thing. There are a fair number of typos, a common problem with Kindle editions that (fortunately) most publishers seem to be getting under control.
The content itself is very good, as other reviewers have pointed out. If you want a Kindle edition, however, I would suggest trying the New Century edition first.