A Select Annotated Bibliography -- By: John H. Armstrong
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A Select Annotated Bibliography
a Bavinck, Herman. (William Hendriksen, translator) The Doctrine of God. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth, 1977. Bavinck (1854–1921), a professor of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam, provides the reader with a careful, thoughtful and well-written overview that includes important material on predestination.
Bavinck, Herman. In the Beginning: Foundations of Creation Theology. (John Vriend, translator; John Bolt, editor). Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999. Theological reflection at its best! Bavinck sees the distinction between the Creator and the creation as essential to all Christian thought.
Beilby, James K. and Paul R. Eddy, editors. Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2001. This helpful work includes contributions from Greg Boyd, who defends open theism, David Hunt (professor at Whittier College), who defends simple-fore-knowledge, William Lane Craig, who defends middle-knowledge, and Paul Helm, who presents the Augustinian-Calvinist position. This is a good place for readers to begin.
Bray, Gerald. The Doctrine of God. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1993. An early volume in the “Contours of Christian Theology” series and a very good orthodox overview of predestination in the section on the nature of God.
Buis, Harry. Historic Protestantism and Predestination. Philadelphia: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1958. This out-of-print book is one of the finest small books I know on the subject.
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Erickson, Millard J. God the Father Almighty. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. A contemporary exploration of the divine attributes that pays careful attention to the modern debates.
*Farley, Benjamin Wirt. The Providence of God. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988. Farley, best known for his editing and translating of Calvin’s Sermons on the Ten Commandments and Treatises Against the Anabaptists and Against the Libertines, provides in this volume one of the very best such works to date.
Guthrie, Shirley C. Christian Doctrine (Revised Edition). Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994. Great introductions that laity and ministers will both enjoy immensely. Includes good material on predestination.
*Helm, Paul. The Providence of God. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1994. Helm, a philosopher-theologian, provides a vigorous and thoughtful overview of the doctrine.
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