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Providence and Predestination

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/9780199755660.003.0004
Providence and Predestination

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Chapter 3 addresses the controversial doctrines of providence and predestination. After first surveying the broad outlines of his doctrine of providence, the chapter places Arminius’s own views within the context of Protestant scholasticism. Drawing not only from his Declaration of Sentiments but also from his engagements with Junius, Perkins, and Gomarus, the chapter offers an overview of his arguments against major extant Reformed options. Here the chapter focuses upon the historical-theological and exegetical arguments as well as his broader theological concerns with the common Reformed doctrine; the chapter shows how his convictions about divine goodness, justice, knowledge, and glory as well as the nature of human sin shaped the contours of his debates. The chapter further explores his exegesis of Romans 9 as a window into his theological interpretation of Scripture. The chapter summarizes his own doctrine of predestination, and shows how he was convinced that it was better suited to a proper understanding of the greatness and glory of God—and indeed of the gospel itself.

Keywords: providence; predestination; Romans 9; atonement; divine decrees; gospel; conditional election

Chapter.  20603 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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