Alan C. Clifford

in Atonement and Justification

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198261957
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682254 | DOI:

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This chapter summarizes the discussion in the preceding chapters. It argues that Owen's particularism and Wesley's universalism are alike one-sided accounts of the gospel. At their best, both men may be regarded as semi-Calvinists, albeit from opposing perspectives. They both stress different sides of the paradox that Calvin held in tension. An alternative is offered by Richard Baxter, who was concerned to expound the textual data in an integrated manner without suppressing either the general or the particular aspects of the gospel. Tillotson enabled the clarification of the nature of saving faith, which in turn produced a more coherent solution to the Paul—James antinomy than Calvin and others could offer.

Keywords: Protestant Reformation; John Owen; John Wesley; Richard Baxter; John Tillotson; Calvinism

Chapter.  1793 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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