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Predestination is a religious concept, which is about the relationship between God and His creation. The religious character of predestination distinguishes it from other ideas about determinism and free will. Those who believe in predestination, such as John Calvin, believe that before the creation God determined the destiny of the universe throughout all of time and space. They believe that God orders some people to Heaven, and all other people will go to Hell because of their sins. This is determined before they even are born.

Definition: predestination is the divine foreordaining or foreknowledge of all that will happen. It applies to the salvation of some and not others. It has been particularly associated with the teachings of St. Augustine of Hippo and of John Calvin.

Hinduism[change | change source]

In Hinduism, which consists of four schools, predestination does not play an important role. Most followers believe in karma, associated with free will. However, in the Dvaita school of Vaishnavism, the philosopher Madhvacharya believed in a similar concept.

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  • "Determinism in Theology: Predestination" by Robert M. Kindon in The Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1973-74)
  • Predestination
  • Understanding Predestination in Islam
  • Detailed Lecture on Islamic Perspective on Fate
  • Occurrences of "predestination" in the Bible text (ESV)
  • The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932) by Loraine Boettner (conservative Calvinist perspective)
  • The Biblical Doctrine Of Predestination, Foreordination, and Election by F. Furman Kearley (Arminian perspective)
  •  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Predestination" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
  • Academic articles on predestination and election (Lutheran perspective)