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Predestination, Doctrine of
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Early Christians did not always distinguish clearly between predestination and the cognate themes of “foreknowledge,” “providence,” and “election.” While the terms προορίζω and praedestinare – both translatable with the English term “predestine” – emphasize the priority of God’s choosing or determining, whether this is understood in a temporal or a…

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Kantzer Komline, Han-luen, “Predestination, Doctrine of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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