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Predestination and Foreknowledge

The topic of God's foreknowledge has been a divisive and difficult one. The Calvinist approach, which connects foreknowledge to predestination, does damage to God's reputation, in my opinion, making a caricature of Him as a cold, uncaring, beast. What is needed to adequately refute such a calumny is a biblical definition of foreknowledge, and its relationship, if any, to predestination. The answers that appear to be so elusive to so many Christians today are actually right under our noses. If we want to understand how the early church viewed the topic, we simply need to turn to the Ante-Nicene Fathers. It is exactly this need that this brief article seeks to fulfill. We will begin by examining the key New Testament passages on the topic, and gleaning from them the components of a biblical definition. Acts 2:23  reads,  “This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cro

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