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foreordination


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Foreordination  \Fore*or`di*na"tion\,  n. 
  Previous  ordination  or  appointment;  predetermination; 
  predestination. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  foreordination 
  n  :  (theology)  the  doctrine  (usually  associated  with  Calvin) 
  that  God  has  foreordained  every  event  throughout  eternity 
  (including  the  final  salvation  of  mankind)  [syn:  {predestination}, 
  {preordination},  {predetermination}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FOREORDINATION,  n.  This  looks  like  an  easy  word  to  define,  but  when  I 
  consider  that  pious  and  learned  theologians  have  spent  long  lives  in 
  explaining  it  and  written  libraries  to  explain  their  explanations; 
  when  I  remember  the  nations  have  been  divided  and  bloody  battles 
  caused  by  the  difference  between  foreordination  and  predestination, 
  and  that  millions  of  treasure  have  been  expended  in  the  effort  to 
  prove  and  disprove  its  compatibility  with  freedom  of  the  will  and  the 
  efficacy  of  prayer,  praise,  and  a  religious  life,  --  recalling  these 
  awful  facts  in  the  history  of  the  word  I  stand  appalled  before  the 
  mighty  problem  of  its  signification,  abase  my  spiritual  eyes,  fearing 
  to  contemplate  its  portentous  magnitude,  reverently  uncover  and  humbly 
  refer  it  to  His  Eminence  Cardinal  Gibbons  and  His  Grace  Bishop  Potter. 
 
 




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