foreordination


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fore·or·dain

 (fôr′ôr-dān′)
tr.v. fore·or·dained, fore·or·dain·ing, fore·or·dains
To determine or appoint beforehand; predestine.

fore′or·dain′ment, fore·or′di·na′tion (-ôr′dn-ā′shən) n.
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Noun1.foreordination - (theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind)
election - the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
References in classic literature ?
caused by the difference between foreordination and predestination,
His view is that passages in the Principles and the correspondence with Elizabeth which affirm divine foreordination of all events should be taken as Descartes' own considered opinion, and that passages in the Fourth Meditation which suggest that humans have free will represent only the reasoning of a still-confused meditator, someone 'who has an experience of independence but who does not recognize all of the implications of the result that God exists' (130).
Reprobation means a person's (temporal) rejection of the gospel in history, not a person's eternal foreordination to damnation.