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31 This key argument has yet to receive any response. 33 Since the studies of Muller, Dekker, and Witt, the significant question of Arminius’s Molinism has not received any technical analysis. 34 It offers a detailed examination of his doctrine of the assurance of salvation, and illustrates a method of comparative analysis of his theology that takes full account of his academic context. After setting Arminius in his context as a university professor, I make the case for using his public disputations conducted at the university as a reliable indicator of his theology.

In addressing the ontological question regarding salvation per se, a number of significant findings are noteworthy. One controversial issue that has puzzled many theologians arises from Arminius’s apparently contradictory statements regarding the possibility of apostasy. This study concludes 31 Dekker, ‘Jacobus Arminius and His Logic,’ –. ’ SCJ / (), –. 34 Stanglin, Arminius on the Assurance of Salvation. Subsequent page references will appear parenthetically in the text. 32 arminius and arminianism: an overview  that Arminius indeed believed in the possibility of renouncing faith that results in loss of salvation (–).

Assurance was, for Arminius, a pastoral problem that, along with the problem of evil and the harmony of divine grace and human freedom, motivated him to seek clarification in his theology. The ground of assurance, he found, was in the character of God and his self-limiting love toward creation (–).  keith d. stanglin Two other recent studies may be mentioned. In , F. ” Throughout his work, Clarke offers his theological evaluations of Arminius and his contemporaries, and “Christocentricity” functions as the main criterion for his positive assessment of theological system.

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