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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.

©2017 John Lennox (P)2018 Monarch Books

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Narrator ruined a wonderful book

This narrator does such an amazingly terrible job that I feel sorry for the wonderful author, Dr. Lennox, for having his efforts poured down the drain by someone who mispronounces basic words and common names throughout. This narration is an embarrassment to the profession and ought to be re-recorded by someone with the ability and/or integrity to do this incredible work the justice it deserves.

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Great book - lousy reading.

Who chooses the readers for these books? I know not everyone can be Simon Vance or Lloyd James, but I would think that conveying some sense of understanding the material should be a prerequisite.
More than once I thought the reading was computer generated; the nonsensical inflections and mispronunciations were so distracting it really ruins it for me. For a guy who likes to listen to books three or four times, it really takes away from the experience.
The book itself is outstanding. I love John Lennox and his ability to use reason and logic, which is both affirmed by and upholds scripture.
Determinism never made any sense to me - this book helped me move past what had been a real stumbling block.

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Excellent Author and Content, Awful Narrator

I adore John Lennox; he's one of my favorite writers. I always enjoy his wit and impeccable ability to deliver his points in an articulate and memorable way. With that being said, I hate to see his work being read and published so incompetently. The narrator's accent and pace are odd and off-putting, and the sound quality is literally painful (it hurts my ears whenever a sharp 'S' sound is used -- the microphone clearly couldn't handle it). What I would give to see these books recorded with a better narrator and better sound quality. I was very excited to see "Against the Flow" on Audible, but that excitement turned to frustration when I heard William Crockett's voice. I have nothing against the guy, but narrating books is clearly not what he's cut out for.

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Great book. Poor reader

The content is clear and helpful, fostering a full understanding of the Biblical teaching. The reader struggles with the vocabulary and cadence.

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Very Educational

This book provided an excellent education on the subject. Our God is an awesome loving God!! The narrator though was very robotic, almost sounded like an artificial telephone voice. Realized that this book is also available on audible using a different narrator. So I am returning this book because of the narrator.

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great

very well handled, very well explained. lieghton flowers is probably the best resource for debunking the calvanist evil, but Lennox did a really great job here. highly recommend

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Great Bible study

This is a great Bible study. Unlike his other books arguing for the faith. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to serious Bible students.

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Important content. Too simplistic solutions to problems

This is a book by Christian Apologist and Mathematician John C. Lennox and it clearly shows that the deterministic interpretations in some Protestantism are neither reasonable nor biblical. Considering Dr. Lennox’s knowledge of math I was hoping he would demonstrate that the simplistically linear models of pre-modern determinism are not compatible with Quantum theory and that non-reductive mathematical models (e.g., Paulo’s Exclusion Principle and the Quantum Wave Function) show that it is possible to understand reality in such a way that there can truly be a place for human libertarian free will that does not compromise God’s sovereignty. I think this was a missed opportunity.

Sadly, the reader has a poor vocabulary and kept confusing ‘causal’ with ‘casual’, and ‘severely’ with the non-word ‘severly’. This is poor direction and editing and needs to be corrected.

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  • Paul McAdam
  • 02-06-18

Excellent book; destroyed by terrible narration.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

John Lennox tackles this thorny subject in his usual rigorous, thought-provoking style;.
He explains a difficult subject with clarity, without over-simplifying it.

How could the performance have been better?

Unfortunately, the narration does not do the book justice. The narration does not flow naturally; and many words are mispronounced beyond recognition - I had to rewind often in order to grasp the words being said. Also, many words are mispronounced in a way that completely changes the meaning of the sentence. For example - 'severely' is pronounced 'severally'; 'precedence' is pronounced as 'presidents'; and 'differ' is pronounced 'defer'. I listened in confusion to a passage about 'casual determinism' until I realised that Lennox actually meant 'causal determinism'. John Lennox may be causal, but he is rarely casual in his writing!

Any additional comments?

By the end of chapter 2 I gave up listening and bought the e-book. It's a great read (but unfortunately not so great to listen to!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-18

Narration

Unfortunately the narration made this book difficult to understand. Many words were mispronounced, the most notable being causal repeatedly pronounced as casual. Mispronunciation and placing emphasis on the wrong words gave the impression that the narrator did not understand what he was reading.

Overall a great book though. Very challenging. Probably just needed to be read by someone else.