ElectionBook2 - HERMENEUTICS AND ELECTION doctrine of God and not predestination that was moved into soteriology Calvin did not move the doctrine of

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HERMENEUTICS AND ELECTION 165 doctrine of God, and not predestination that was moved into soteriology. ‘Calvin did not move the doctrine of predestination at all in 1559: he left it in approximately the same place that he had located it in 1539.’ 40 This means that, from its early iterations, predestination in the Institutes was hedged around with specifically soteriological concerns. Tremendous care must be taken with this observation. Older scholarship often wrongly argued that Calvin moved predestination out of his doctrine of God to make a specific theological point about the meaning of the doctrine, and we must eschew attributing to its location any significance which is simply not there. 41 The distinction to make here is between the placement of the doctrine as impor- tant for the contextual argument and didactic purpose of the overall work, and the placement of the doctrine as important for the actual content and definition of the doctrine itself. Where Calvin actually locates election in the

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