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Predestination and ‘pre-activation’: A theological reflection on this famous, yet often disputed doctrine. Does not this doctrine make people careless and profane?

In die Skriflig


 
 
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Title Predestination and ‘pre-activation’: A theological reflection on this famous, yet often disputed doctrine. Does not this doctrine make people careless and profane?
 
Creator van Wyk, Jan H.
 
Subject — predestination; election; ‘pre-activation’; good works; Christology.
Description In the first part of this article, the classic as well as modern interpretations of the doctrine on predestination (Augustine, Calvin, Dort/Barth, Smit, Van der Walt) is investigated, while in the second part, I try to answer the question whether this (sometimes sharply criticised) doctrine does not make men careless and profane. Or does this doctrine rather stimulate and activate individual, ecclesiastical and social activities in the societal, political and economic spheres of life? The Heidelberg Catechism asks the question whether the doctrine of justification (grace alone) ‘does not make men careless and profane?’, but answers ‘by no means’. Does the same apply to the doctrine of predestination? Should we not complement the doctrine of predestination with the concept of ‘pre-activation’?
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2020-05-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/ids.v54i1.2552
 
Source In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi; Vol 54, No 1 (2020); 8 pages 2305-0853 1018-6441
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://indieskriflig.org.za/index.php/skriflig/article/view/2552/6240 https://indieskriflig.org.za/index.php/skriflig/article/view/2552/6239 https://indieskriflig.org.za/index.php/skriflig/article/view/2552/6241 https://indieskriflig.org.za/index.php/skriflig/article/view/2552/6238
 
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