Anne Bradstreet on the Parental Implications of the Doctrine of Predestination

Published October 25, 2010 by Tim Scott in Predestination

“All the works and doings of God are wonderful, but none more awful than his great work of election and reprobation; when we consider how many good parents have had bad children, and again how many bad parents have had pious children, it should make us adore the sovereignty of God, who will not be tied to time nor place, nor yet to persons, but takes and chooses when and where and whom he pleases: it should also teach the children of godly parents to walk in fear and also be a support to such as have or had wicked parents, that, if they abide not in unbelief, God is able to graft them in: the upshot of all should make us, with the Apostle, to admire the justice and mercy of God, and say, how unsearchable are his ways, and his footsteps past finding out (Rom 11:33)” (quoted in David D. Hall, ed., Puritans in the New World, [Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004], p. 138).

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