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The doctrine that God predestined some for salvation (the elect) before the creation of the world, for his own purposes

Unconditional election is the doctrine that God, before the creation of the world, predestined some for salvation (the elect) and left some to judgment (the reprobate), for his own purposes and not based on any consideration for the qualities or conditions of the persons.

It is commonly associated with Reformed theology, and serves as the "U" in the acrostic of five-point Calvinism, "TULIP."

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