Introduction 1: The Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of Predestination 2: The Patristic Period: Outlining the Problem 3: The Medieval Period: Seeking a Balance 4: The Reformation and Early Modern Period: Causal Chains 5: The Twentieth Century: God's Absolute Innocence 6: Two Affirmations
Matthew Levering is Professor of Theology at the University of Dayton. He previously taught for nine years at Ave Maria University, and in 2006-2007 he was the Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. With Reinhard Huetter, he is co-editor of the theological and philosophical quarterly Nova et Vetera. The author of over twenty books, including ten monographs, he is Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology. Since 2004 he has been a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together. With Hans Boersma, he is co-director of the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue. He currently co-edits book series for the University of Notre Dame Press, Catholic University of America Press, Sapientia Press, and Brazos Press. His main interest is the intersection of theology, philosophy, and biblical exegesis in the formation and communication of Christian dogmatic, moral, and sacramental theology.
a fresh and insightful work on a challenging theological topic. *
Todd Billings, Theology *
Matthew Levering, a young Roman Catholic scholar from the States, has added to his growing list of publications this wise and scholarly book on a theological theme which continues to be important. The book is well organised, very clearly written (the author explaining complex ideas in accessible ways), and has a clear line of argument which runs from its introduction to its conclusion. It's a nicely produced volume too. * Robert Ellis, Regent's Reviews *
Levering's text is valuable as an encyclopedia of predestination, beautifully balancing discussion of primary sources with current secondary literature. * Jeffrey A. Vogel, Journal of Theological Studies *
Levering's book should deservedly become a helpful resource for theological students as they begin to engage with issues of grace and election in the Western theological tradition. * John C. McDowell, Colloquium *
Predestination is a welcome contribution to the current debates over predestination and it amply displays biblical, theological and historical clarity and competence. I strongly recommend the book and encourage readers to request it for their institutions' libraries * Randal Rauser, Scottish Journal of Theology *