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The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination by Jerom Zanchius was translated by Toplady at the age of nineteen and held from publication for some time, it was later requested by Dr. Gill that it be released to the public.
After good circulation in North America and overseas, "John Wesley attempted to circulate a few mutilated extracts from the book, signed with the initials of Toplady's name. This forgery of Mr. Wesley caused Toplady to issue another edition, and this is the edition that we have reprinted," notes Atherton in the introduction. Furthermore, Atherton calls this "one of the best, if not the best book ever issued on Absolute Predestination."
He also notes that "[i]n our day so-called Protestants not only deny and reject these truths, but very zealously support the popish theory of free-will. There is one thing all history testifies to, namely, that what the world calls Calvinism is the only doctrine that produces civil and religious liberty, pure and undefiled religion, national independence and prosperity, whilst all other systems produce superstition, worldliness and national decay, only to end in lawlessness, Bolshevism and destruction. It is forgotten that only the pure truth of God can make a nation great or save a sinner. To our Triune Covenant Lord be all the praise and glory."
"Jerome Zanchius (1516-1590) is one of the great names of Reformed theology alongside Peter Martyr, John Calvin, and Theodore Beza. Jonathan Edwards referred to him as "the best of Protestant writers in his judgment." John Farthing claimed that Zanchius "lived and breathed in dialogue with scripture." ... Augustus Toplady (and original English publisher of this work), said Zanchius's work was "from beginning to end, a regular chain of solid argument: deduced from the unerring word of divine revelation, and confirmed by the co-incident testimonies of some of the greatest lights that ever shone in the Christian church." Not only have Reformed scholars of the past been assisted by this volume, the modern reader will benefit from this classic statement of the biblical doctrine of predestination as well. This book is thoughtful, balanced, and biblical. Absolute Predestination remains a helpful explanation of the Reformed doctrine of election and reprobation. This book is not milk for babes; it is meat for grown men and women. But it is good meat; nutritious, wholesome, spiritual food for the soul. After reading it, you will see the clear teachings of Scripture on election and reprobation." - Joel Beeke
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