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God and Creation

Keith D. Stanglin and Thomas H. McCall

in Jacob Arminius

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755660
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755660.003.0003
God and Creation

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Chapter 2 investigates some important elements of Arminius’s doctrines of God and creation. Here the chapter argues that the doctrines of divine infinity and simplicity are vitally important to his theology, and that he opts for a Scotist account of simplicity. The chapter investigates further his understanding of divine omnipotence and sovereignty, his views of divine goodness and justice, and his doctrine of divine glory. With respect to divine omniscience, the chapter shows that he was committed to a Molinist account of middle knowledge. Arminius’s doctrine of the Trinity, including some controversial elements, is described within its intellectual context. Finally, in accord with Arminius’s doctrine of God as the summum bonum, his doctrine of creation is grounded upon the conviction that God creates to share nothing other than the divine goodness.

Keywords: divine nature; divine attributes; simplicity; goodness; justice; divine glory; Trinity; Molinism; creation

Chapter.  20426 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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