Christian author of books on predestinations loses appeal to the Supreme Court

Posted August 21, 2018 11:17:33The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that an author who has been convicted of violating the doctrine of predestined outcome cannot be allowed to publish a book on it.

In a ruling issued Friday, the court ruled that Christian author David Barton could not be convicted of the book’s “predestination” thesis.

The book, The Purpose Driven Life, was published by HarperCollins in 2015, and had been available since March 2017.

Its title claims that Christianity was predestinated to be the dominant faith in America for at least 3,000 years.

Barton has long claimed that the book has the same goal as the Bible.

It was one of three books on the Supreme Law of the Christian God to be challenged by the publishers.

The publishers were asked to file an amicus brief to the court, arguing that Barton violated the First Amendment’s free speech clause by publishing the book. 

Barton, who also wrote The Purpose-Driven Life: The Story of a Biblical Nation, had previously written that “a Christian should never claim the predestining destiny of the world.”

He said that he was “not defending Christianity, nor am I defending Christianity as a religion, but rather the Christian religion as a whole.”

The Supreme court has previously said that the doctrine that Christianity is predestinative is “irrational” and “unwise.” 

In its ruling, the justices said that Barton’s book was an attempt to “mock Christianity.”

“The court rejects Barton’s contention that he believes that Christianity predestines the world, and it rejects his claim that he can publish a Bible that claims a predestinating destiny,” the justices wrote. 

The Supreme in its decision also ruled that the title of the books, The Meaning Driven God, was misleading.

“Barton’s use of the term ‘God’s predestine destiny’ in his book’s title does not suggest that the text itself is an assertion of a predestine or an eternal being, but instead suggests that the meaning of the title should be determined by the readers of the text,” the court wrote.

Bartolos book, however, does not actually assert a predetermine destiny.

It is instead a book that claims to be a work of “history, theology, and biblical analysis.” 

Bartolin said that his legal team will appeal the ruling to the full Supreme Court.