He hesitated only in the question of predestination, but then he nearly agreed with me on this as well, even though he was not clear about the distinction between foreknowledge and foreordination
Paul and Augustine among others," taught foreordination
"without regarding it as central to the Christian faith" (5), and that, although "Calvin and Herbert both have a high view of doctrine, what matters in their common texts is not formal theology but a focus on personal spiritual experience" (1).
His view is that passages in the Principles and the correspondence with Elizabeth which affirm divine foreordination
of all events should be taken as Descartes' own considered opinion, and that passages in the Fourth Meditation which suggest that humans have free will represent only the reasoning of a still-confused meditator, someone 'who has an experience of independence but who does not recognize all of the implications of the result that God exists' (130).
Reprobation means a person's (temporal) rejection of the gospel in history, not a person's eternal foreordination
The new philosophy that Demastes discovers in Beckett's plays "encourages neither the existentialist's claim of total human freedom in an uncontrolled universe, nor, obviously, a naturalist's vision of total human foreordination
and resulting human progression in a pre-established world pattern.