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Sin and Salvation

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/9780199755660.003.0005
Sin and Salvation

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Chapter 4 offers a close look at Arminius’s views of sin and salvation. The chapter shows that he affirms the doctrines of original sin and total inability; the chapter also makes clear that he understands the doctrine of original sin to entail original corruption but not original guilt. The chapter relates these issues to his oft-misunderstood and much-maligned account of the freedom of the will, and addresses the questions of Arminius’s relation to Pelagianism and semi-Pelagianism. The chapter explains some of the key elements of Arminius’s doctrine of grace (including prevenient grace). The chapter surveys his views of justification, sanctification, perseverance, and assurance, and the chapter shows how this biblical and scholastic theologian addressed these topics in a pastorally sensitive as well as logically precise manner.

Keywords: original sin; total inability; freedom of the will; prevenient grace; assurance

Chapter.  21380 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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