Studying ELECTION. Any suggestions on Resources?

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Jim Hyman | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 21 2017 1:49 PM

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 21 2017 3:51 PM

I seem to recall Noet has things like the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, presidential inaugural addresses etc.

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Wild Eagle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 21 2017 4:40 PM

Welcome Jim to forums, could you be more specific: are you studying political election or God's election/predestination? 

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Jim Hyman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 5:15 AM

Sorry, I meant God's ELECTION.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 5:31 AM

The concept comes up in various places in the New Testament. Besides the obvious (Romans 9-11), there is Ephesians 1, and it pops up when often you least expect it. It came up for me in a student question when studying the story of Jesus' last Passover. How could Jesus know about all those details when he sent out the disciples to get a room?

Some classic theological discussion on this would include St. Augustine's essay, "The Problem of Free Choice" - now available in Logos in the Ancient Christian Writers series. Later is Luther's "The Bondage of the Will". And of course Calvin spoke of it. You can read the various editions of Calvin's institutes to see how his thought developed, and also may want to check out the two works "Calvin's Calvinism".

All these writings above were controversial at their time - and probably still are. But even if you reject their language, it is valuable to see how they actually used the terms they used - what they meant by it and what they did NOT mean by it.

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Nicky | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 7:10 AM

Charles Spurgeon The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons Vol 1 has a good sermon on election  

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 9:37 AM

The Primitive Doctrine of Election by George Stanley Faber

Is a really good starting place... much of the items on election seem to be focused more on Calvin but this study works well.

-Dan

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Everett Headley | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 11:35 AM

Of course go to the Primary Source, but use these other resources to find the Scriptural references, then compile and synthesize on your own.

These vids are a good starting place: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/what_is_reformed_theology/unconditional-election/

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/tulip-part-1#Election

Also:

+1 Calvin's Calvinism

Sovereignty of God by Pink

For Whom Did Christ Die by Owen

Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Boettner 

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Richard J. Ward | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 5:00 PM

For a non-Reformed, corporate election viewpoint, William W. Klein has a helpful article on election in the Faithlife Study Bible. (Does the link work?) I believe his dissertation was on this subject.

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JRS | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 22 2017 5:36 PM

Everett Headley:

+1 Calvin's Calvinism

Sovereignty of God by Pink

For Whom Did Christ Die by Owen

Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Boettner 

In addition to Headley's excellent list of books, here is a resource covering several different views of election in Point-Counterpoint format.  FWIW: I would pay particular attention to Robert Reymond's article.

How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose, and bring near to Thee(Psa 65:4a)

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Jim Hyman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2017 5:12 AM

Yes, I agree. Read it.

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Jim Hyman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2017 5:23 AM

Thank you for all the help. God Bless you all!

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2017 7:07 AM

No offense to the various book writers and theologians, but I've always been fascinated by the Joel text, which simulataneously juxtaposes both concepts, complete with the early church (the Spirit on all). And why the Acts writer leads off with it (Peter's speech). You have to look at hebrew 'call' very closely visa viz a god (at the time).


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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2017 8:19 AM

I remember Geisler's systematic theology having a good comparison of thoughts on the subject

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2017 9:11 AM

Two good books to read side by side would be-

"For Calvinism" by Michael Horton https://www.logos.com/product/26687/for-calvinism

 and

"Against Calvinism" by Roger Olson http://www.logos.com/product/26688/against-calvinism

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 23 2017 10:07 AM

Any good systematic theology should give digested facts about the subject.  I particularly like Grudem's.

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