Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Predestination is a term of many meanings. It is the divine act of predetermining by which God eternally decrees that which She or He intends to bring to pass. In essence, people have no control over events because these things are controlled by God. The belief in predestination shows that individuals are subject to variations in endowment, fortune, and circumstances that are beyond their control. People therefore attribute these variations to the hand of God, who is omnipotent and controls all. The belief in predestination has no monopoly in any religion or culture. Most religions of the world are of the opinion that, prior to creation, God had predestined the fate of men and women, whereas some other religions hold the ...