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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Emma B. on 03-14-18

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Spaceman61 on 05-16-18

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul McAdam on 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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