pre·​des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)prē-ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce predestination (audio) , ˌprē-de-\

Definition of predestination

1 : the act of predestinating : the state of being predestinated
2 : the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation

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Up next was Anderson, a Holocaust denier who gave a rambling sermon against Calvinist theology, which includes predestination, the belief that God has chosen certain people to go to heaven before they’re born. Los Angeles Times, "Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California’s Capitol," 2 Aug. 2019 Known together as the belief in double predestination, these doctrines have made Calvinism pretty polarizing (in a 2012 LifeWay survey, about 60% of Southern Baptist pastors expressed some concerns around the impact of Calvinist thought)., "This Billions Character Is A Calvinist — What Does That Mean, Exactly?," 26 Mar. 2018 But, the belief in predestination is usually oversimplified and overemphasized among Calvinism's critics, says William Schweiker, PhD, professor of theological ethics at the University of Chicago., "This Billions Character Is A Calvinist — What Does That Mean, Exactly?," 26 Mar. 2018 The questions raised by the doctrine of predestination are real and profound. Marilynne Robinson, New Republic, "The Luther Legend," 12 Dec. 2017 As often with retrospective understanding, several moments in young Henry’s early life seem to point, as if by predestination, to the novelist’s honed sensibility. WSJ, "Five Best: Michael Frank," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of predestination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of predestination

: the belief that everything that will happen has already been decided by God or fate and cannot be changed

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