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Soon after I. John Hesselink entered seminary as a student it became evident that he was in the right environment. He took to theology like a duck takes to water. Because other students shared his enthusiasm, there were frequent stimulating discussions in and out of class and an unusually high level of achievement. Among the many students I have worked with, none exceeded John in native ability, industry, devotion to study, and achievement. His interests included problems encountered in putting ideas together in systematic theology. What about "system," and by what criteria do we build it? How does one understand human freedom when the doctrine of God's sovereignty is taken seriously? How do we handle the problems of evil, election, and predestination in view of the goodness and mercy of God? What about providence, divine transcendence, and immanence? Do we still believe them, really?
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