I have been a Christian for 45 years and have struggled for about 10 years with the teaching on election, when I saw it for the first time in the footnotes of a new John McArthur Bible I was so stunned, so horrified, and I just couldn t believe this was there all the time, and I hadn t seen it I talked to people who know their Bible, read a book on why this is true, and felt my heart sinking as it appeared they were right I never have been able to feel comfortable with this doctrine, but if it were true, and if it s of God, of course I had to accept it.After reading John Lennox s book, my heart is light again because of his clear explanation on this subject He looks at the Big Picture, analyzes every instance of these verses that appear to teach that God chooses some for Heaven and some for eternal hell Someone said that if he had thought this about God, he would never have become a Christian I agree How could anyone admire , much less love, a God who allowed people to be born who were doomed from the start and never had a chance to know Jesus Now I don t care what anyone else says or thinks, my pastor included and he is a Ph.D Bible scholar , I now have Mr Lennox s interpretation, and I believe it is the truth.Thank you, John Lennox, for this in depth examination of the doctrine of determinism election You have set my heart free again. Biblical refutation of extreme theological determinism Determined to Believe is written for those who are interested in or even troubled by questions about God s sovereignty and human freedom and responsibility John Lennox writes in the spirit of helping people to get to grips with the biblical treatment of this issue for themselves In this comprehensive review of the topic of theological determinism, Lennox seeks firstly to define the problem, looking at the concepts of freedom, the different kinds of determinism, and the moral problems these pose He then equips the reader with biblical teaching on the topic and explores the spectrum of theological opinion on it Following this Lennox delves deeper into the Gospels and then investigates what we can learn regarding determinism and responsibility from Paul s discussion in Romans on God s dealings with Israel Finally Lennox tackles the issue of Christian assurance This nuanced and detailed study challenges some of the widely held assumptions in the area of theological determinism and brings a fresh perspective to the debate Fantastic book I m only halfway through but I don t want to put it down A very important book by a well respected author Well worth persevering with a difficult subject Professor Lennox has a very clear way of explaining difficult subjects, I would recommend his writings to anyone. Excellent in both content and tone Probably the best I have read on the subject.Some new and helpful ideas for me Adam being dead in trespasses and in sins for example yet still able to communicate with God Dead men can do something The whole work is a valuable contribution to this subject I am recommending it to others Powerful closing statement Enjoying this book. Excellent book delivered promptly