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Module 5: Calvin: Double PredestinationDeborah A McAlisterSalvation: Christian TraditionREL -210RS-CL021
John Calvin was a French theologian known for his influence during the ProtestantReformation. He once said, “Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate ofsalvation is open to all. There is nothing else to hinder us from entering but, your own unbelief”.Calvin was a famous apologetic and polemic writer whose position on predestination andsalvation generated much controversy. So much so that Calvin’s denouncement of MichaelServetus resulted in his label as a heretic and execution by burning at the stake.Predestination is a theory common in many branches of the Christian faith. Severaltheologians a have argued the merits and difficulties of this doctrine. Calvin’s view ofpredestination directly focuses on the amount of control God exercises over the world. What isspecifically controversial about Calvin’s approach would be his belief that God appointssalvation to some by grace a concept known as “unconditional election”. On the contrary there