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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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Great book.. awful narration

Bought the physical book and wanted the audio version too but didn’t get through any more than 5 minutes... terrible pronunciation etc as noted by others. Very unfortunate as John Lennox is one of my favourite authors and most of his audible books are narrated by this person.. hope there could be another option in the future.

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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!

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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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Extremely thought provoking

Will helpfully challenge unbiblical extremes on the God's sovereignty vs man's responsibility debate. Most importantly, I repent of following "Apollos" (or in my case Calvin) and we seek to define my views by what scripture says and go no further.

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  • 16-05-18

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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  • Alsandair Miner
  • 10-04-18

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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  • Emma B.
  • 14-03-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-18

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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  • Stuart Wiener
  • 19-10-20

Great content. Terrible narration.

“Casual” is not the same as “causal”. The misread this word makes a profound truth confusingly nonsensical.

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  • Perendinater
  • 15-10-20

Excellent content, irritating narration

As with John Lennox's other books, the content is excellent. It expanded my understanding and enriched my theological understanding of determinism and free will. It helped me think through a few aspects of TULIP (Calvinism) and eternal security in ways I have not previously. I greatly appreciate the author's Biblical commitment and focus, plus the considerable effort he put into well-thought-out exegeses of all of the relevant passages of Scripture.

Unfortunately, William Crocket mangled the narration. It seems like he did not bother pre-reading sentences, so he sometimes misread sentences whose structures or wording apparently surprised him. Worse, he consistently mispronounced a variety of common words. These mispronunciations initially prove distracting, but soon grow genuinely irritating. Sometimes they even change or confuse the meaning of the text. My quick Google search suggests this has been a consistent problem with his narrations. I'm far from the only person who will buy no more of his work.

Some mispronunciation examples:

1) He mispronounces "differ" as "defer", creating confusion.

2) Ditto with "Incur" as "in cure".

3) "Causally" and "casually" should NOT get pronounced the same. At first I had to listen again to determine what Lennox meant to communicate. Fortunately, as Crocket kept mispronouncing this, I learned to reintepret it on the fly... mostly.

4) "National" should have the emphasis on the first syllable, not the last, and does NOT rhyme with "pal". It should be pronounced "NASH-un-ul" not "nash-un-AAL.

5) "Disingenuous" does NOT contain the word "genius". (The irony...)

6) "Similarly" does NOT rhyme with "fairly" and has the emphasis on "sim", not on... uhh... "lair". Unfortunately, Lennox uses this word often enough that even if it were Crocket's only mispronunciation, his narration would grow somewhat grating.

7) "Subsequent" and "subsequently" do NOT have "seek" in the middle, much less with the emphasis on it. Lennox uses these often enough that Crocket's constant repetition of "sub-SEEK-went" alone would create an exercise in endurance... simi-LAIR-ly to the previous mispronunciation.

You get the idea. I highly recommend this book... in the printed / text editions.

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  • Corey Hartbecke
  • 17-02-19

The narrator was not good

I like John Lennox and have followed him for years and was really looking forward to listening to this book. However the narrator does not do a good job. No energy in his voice. Takes the "g" of words that end in "ing". "Runnin" or "Somethin". I stopped listening but then found a different narrator and I am really enjoying the content.

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  • TrueHulk
  • 19-05-18

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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  • Jim
  • 14-04-18

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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  • A. Chep
  • 28-08-21

great content terrible narrator

it is so hard to listen to the narrator read this book. mangled words and sounds like a robot