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Authentic Calvinism

Alan C. Clifford

in Atonement and Justification

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198261957
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682254 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261957.003.0005
Authentic Calvinism

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the Calvinist—Arminian controversy, the most divisive issue which has hindered theological consensus and unity amongst evangelicals. The recent resurgence of interest in Calvin's theology has an obvious bearing on the Calvinist—Arminian controversy. In evaluating the opposing viewpoints of Owen and Wesley, it is interesting to ask what their perception of Calvin was. The chapter considers the Calvinism of John Calvin, suggesting that he did not subscribe to, nor believe in, the doctrine of limited atonement. In short, Calvin was no Calvinist.

Keywords: Calvinism; Arminianism; Calvinist—Arminian controversy; John Owen; John Wesley; atonement

Chapter.  11235 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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