Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

In Romans 8:29 the apostle Paul talks about people whom God "foreknew." This word is a very important one in a well-known verse: "...Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren..." (NASB). Paul uses the word "foreknew"… Continue reading Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

Divine Purpose and Foreknowledge (Augustine)

The Protestant Reformers did not make up their teaching about God's foreknowledge, sovereignty, and divine purpose.  Here's Augustine: "Now God foreknew everything, and therefore could not have been unaware that man would sin.  It follows that all our assertions about the Holy City must take into account God's foreknowledge and his providential design; we must… Continue reading Divine Purpose and Foreknowledge (Augustine)

Anselm’s “De Concordia”

 I've been reading through Anselm of Canterbury's De Concordia, which was one of the last things he wrote before his death in 1109 AD.  De Concordia is no easy read, since it deals philosophically with the difficult topics of God's foreknowledge and predestination as well as human freedom.  In fact, I'm still wrestling through some… Continue reading Anselm’s “De Concordia”