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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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I note that, although the copyright date is 1932, the book has clearly seen some revision since that date, as it contains references to events from the 1950s and 1960s. The date of revision is not indicated on the copyright page.
My only complaint with the book is the poor print quality. Five stars for the content, minus one for the print quality.
He also gives a history on John Calvin, and the effect Calvinism has had on places where it was believed.
Overall great book. It will probably serve as a reference for me later on.
If I were to criticize this book, I would have liked to have seen a fuller treatment of reformed theology. While the 5 points of the Calvinistic system are foundational, they do not cover the entire breadth of reformed theology.
With all that said, I would like to list the topics that Boettner covers in this book:
1) God's plan; sovereignty; providence; foreknowledge; authority of the scripture
2) Five points of Calvinism : total inability; unconditional election; limited atonement; efficacious grace; perseverance of the saints
3) Objections : fatalism; God the author of sin; discourages good works; God as respecter of persons; unfavorable to morality; precludes a sincere offer of the gospel; contradicts universalistic passages
4) Salvation by grace; personal assurance; predestination for the physical world; comparison with Islam
5) Practical importance of predestination
6) Calvinism in history
As you can see, a lot of ground is covered in this book. I think it is worth everyone's serious attention and consideration. Boettner makes a very strong case and to me at least, he is convincing. I highly recommend it.
One problem: Dr. Boettner is so gung-ho and excited about Reformed theology and Presbyterianism that to those who are not convinced some of this book comes across like a Calvinistic pep rally. If you are not a convinced Calvinist hear him out because there is a lot of good food for thought here.