Summary Paper 5 - Module 5 Calvin Double Predestination Deborah A McAlister Salvation Christian Tradition REL-210RS-CL02 1 John Calvin was a French

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Module 5: Calvin: Double Predestination Deborah A McAlister Salvation: Christian Tradition REL -210RS-CL02 1
John Calvin was a French theologian known for his influence during the Protestant Reformation. He once said, “Since no man is excluded from calling upon God the gate of salvation 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 and salvation generated much controversy. So much so that Calvin’s denouncement of Michael Servetus 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. Several theologians a have argued the merits and difficulties of this doctrine. Calvin’s view of predestination directly focuses on the amount of control God exercises over the world. What is specifically controversial about Calvin’s approach would be his belief that God appoints salvation to some by grace a concept known as “unconditional election”. On the contrary there

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