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Willing to Believe: Understanding the Role of the Human Will in Salvation
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Willing to Believe: Understanding the Role of the Human Will in Salvation


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What does an individual contribute to his or her own salvation? Does God wait on the doorsteps of our hearts, quietly hoping to be let in when we decide to open the door? Or does he call us and pursue us in a way we can't resist? The debate between the irresistible call of God and a human being's free will has raged for centuries. So what is the answer? And why does it matter?

In Willing to Believe, R. C. Sproul uncovers issues that provoked the Reformation and revived the controversy between Pelagius and Augustine. He carefully explores the relationship between original sin and human free will, clarifies misconceptions about the work of God in a believer's liberation from sin, illuminates the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation, and offers compelling reasons to believe the work of salvation is in God's hands.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Presents a thoughtful account of God's calling in the process of salvation
  • Examines the history surrounding the Reformation and argues against common misconceptions
  • Introduces readers to answers to difficult questions surrounding a biblical view of salvation


  • Introduction: Evangelicalism and an Ancient Heresy
  • We Are Capable of Obedience: Pelagius
  • We Are Incapable of Obedience: Augustine
  • We Are Capable of Cooperating: Semi-Pelagians
  • We Are in Bondage to Sin: Martin Luther
  • We Are Voluntary Slaves: John Calvin
  • We Are Free to Believe: James Arminius
  • We Are Inclined to Sin: Jonathan Edwards
  • We Are Not Depraved by Nature: Charles Grandison Finney
  • We Are Able to Believe: Lewis Sperry Chafer

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About R. C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul (1939-2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Florida. He was also founding pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Dr. Sproul contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, colleges, and seminaries around the world, and wrote more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

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