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1. Of or relating to predestination.
2. Believing in or based on the doctrine of predestination.
One who believes in the doctrine of predestination.

pre·des′ti·nar′i·an·ism n.


(ˌpriːdɛstɪˈnɛərɪən) theol
(Theology) a person who believes in divine predestination
(Theology) of or relating to predestination or characterizing those who believe in it
ˌpredestiˈnarianism n


(prɪˌdɛs təˈnɛər i ən, ˌpri dɛs-)

1. of or believing in predestination.
2. a person who believes in predestination.
pre•des`ti•nar′i•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.predestinarian - anyone who submits to the belief that they are powerless to change their destiny
necessitarian - someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will
Adj.1.predestinarian - of or relating to predestination; holding the doctrine of predestination
References in periodicals archive ?
King rejected the narrow Calvinist predestinarian view that we have no free will; as a Baptist minister, he believed in the free power of human action, but he also had the faith that God was directing everything to the proper end.
Sometimes complicating the faith/science debate is the fact that there is a broad range of theologies at play--from predestinarian Calvinism to open theism, from Roman Catholicism with papal authority to Pentecostalism with private revelations.
Participants' thinking about this life task had both predestinarian and existential qualities.
Robert Hornback's essay on "The Jacob and Esau Paradigm: Nicholas Udall's Predestinarian Problem Comedy" provides a powerful case in point.
Slights, "The Reformed Conscience: Woodes, Marlowe, and Shakespeare" (21-40); Daniel Cadman, "Stoicism, Calvinism, and Determinism in Fulke Greville's Alaham" (41-62); Robert Hornback, "The Jacob and Esau Paradigm: Nicholas Udall's Predestinarian Problem Comedy" (63-82).
Concentrating these broader tropes of indeterminacy in a specific language of grace and reprobation, Measure for Measure investigates predestinarian theology and its attendant forms of cultural judgment as an epistemological problem.
While the early Luther incorporated Erasmus's understanding of agite poenitentiam in Acts 2:38, the Wittenberg theologian soon soured on Erasmus for not interpreting repentance in an Augustinian predestinarian and law/Gospel manner (11-38).
The outdated tendency to identify English Calvinism with extreme predestinarian views appears once (139), but many essays in the Handbook point instead to its evangelical (reaching out) nature, and it is this quality that Donne's sermons particularly share with writings of other Calvinists of his time.
Hunt argues that the play, while representing an apparently strictly predestinarian universe, ends up provoking (whether or not intentionally by Shakespeare) a critique of that same theology.
The Twelve Articles were written by the Calvinistic missionaries, but in some critical points their predestinarian or particularistic messages are changed into an Arminian, universalist one.
Thus he summons him on to his own ground; or rather he addresses him as one who by his questions has already accepted this ground and therefore he is able (without renouncing the credo ut intelhgam or his predestinarian background) to discuss with him as if he were a Boso or a Gaunilo" (Barth, Anselm, pp.
The old man nonetheless performs a predestinarian prayer in order to damn himself and join his son in hell (just as, earlier, the son termed himself a heretic in professing Christianity to save his father [pp.