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The Wonderful Decree: Reconciling Sovereign Election and Universal Benevolence

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Sovereign Over All

How can God be sovereign over all things and loving towards all people while His creatures possess real freedom and responsibility for their choices? Theologians have wrestled with this question for centuries. But have our attempted solutions made the problem worse?

In Wonderful Decree, Travis James Campbell suggests we cannot solve the problem by sacrificing either divine sovereignty and goodness on one hand or human responsibility on the other. While considering Arminian and Molinist alternatives, he concludes that the traditional Augustinian and Calvinist approach best allows these truths to remain in a healthy and biblically-faithful tension. Inspired by the example of Spurgeon, who preferred biblical mystery over human solutions, Campbell encourages readers to trust—even delight—in the harmony of God’s love for all and sovereignty over all.

Praise for The Wonderful Decree

The Wonderful Decree is an instructive study that marshals logic, Scripture, and theological history, even as it recounts personal pain and grace. It investigates the classic debate concerning the relationship of unconditional election and the Gospel’s expression of divine saving love. Whether or not you are convinced by Travis Campbell‘s analysis, you will benefit from his readable scholarship and encouraged by his compelling testimony.

–Dr. Peter A. Lillback, president, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

I highly recommend this book to anyone who may question how a Thomistic metaphysics and a Reformed theology can (and should) go hand in hand in addressing pertinent issues of life. For others, who are not as concerned with conceptual issues per se, this book will open their eyes to the love of God in the face of life’s hardships.

–Winfried Corduan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, Taylor University

The Wonderful Decree is in my estimation one of the most significant contributions to Christian thought from the last century. Here the reader will find a sophisticated discussion of a whole range of issues relating to divine providence, predestination, and the nature of human freedom.

–Paul L. Owen, Professor of Bible and ministry, Montreat College

This book is a tightly reasoned, densely researched, scholastic argument—but it comes from a place of personal passion and pain, and its inexorable logic is forwarded with pastoral purpose.

–R. Todd Mangum, Lester and Kay Clemens Professor of Missional Theology, Missio Seminary

This work makes a helpful contribution and should be read by all who are interested in issues related to our wonderful salvation.

–Ken D. Keathley, Senior Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


  • Introduction: Coming to Terms with Terms
  • A Prologue
  • A Biblical Case for Unconditional Election
  • The Argument from Minimal Theism to Unconditional Election
  • Arminianism, Conditional Election and Scientia Media
  • The Ultimate Arminian Remonstrance
  • A Raprochement between Unconditional Election and Universal Redemptive Love
  • An Epilogue

Product Details

  • Title: The Wonderful Decree: Reconciling Sovereign Election and Universal Benevolence
  • Author: Travis James Campbell
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Page Count: 296
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683593324

About Travis James Campbell

Travis James Campbell (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; ThM Dallas Theological Seminary; BA Wittenberg University) is a history teacher at Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, GA, where he lives with his wife. They have one son who is now in college. Dr. Campbell also serves as a Ruling Elder at Northgate Presbyterian Church.

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