Research Paper - LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TULIP VERSUS FACTS A COMPARATIVE LOOK AT CALVINISM AND ARMINIANISM REGARDING HUMAN ABILITY ELECTION AND

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LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TULIP VERSUS FACTS: A COMPARATIVE LOOK AT CALVINISM AND ARMINIANISM REGARDING HUMAN ABILITY, ELECTION, AND SALVATION A RESEARCH PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. SAMUEL SMITH IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE CHHI 525-D07 BY JENNIFER LOUISE JOHNSON MURDOCK, MINNESOTA NOVEMBER 08, 2012
CONTENTS Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………...1 Brief Overview and History of Calvinism.. …………………………………………….1 Brief Overview and History of Arminianism .......................... ……………………….2 Comparative Study of Three Points …………………………………………………...3 State of Man After the Fall ………………………………………………………………………. 3 Total Depravity …………………………………………………………………………...4 Free Will ………………………………………………………………………………………… .... 4 Summary of State of Man After the Fall………………………………………………….5 Election …………………………………………………………………………………...6 Unconditional Election …………………………………………………………………...6 Conditional Election ……………………………………………………………………...7 Summary of Election ……………………………………………………………………..8 Salvation ……………………………………………………………………………….…8 Perseverance of the Saints ………………………………………………………………..8 Falling From Grace ……………………………………………………………………….9 Summary of Salvation …………………………………………………………………..10 Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………………10 Bibliography …………………………………………………………………………….11 3
Introduction During the sixteenth century, many people were searching for a religious view that was different from the Catholic Church. It was during this time that the views of John Calvin and Jacob Arminius emerged. Respectively, Calvinism and Arminianism offered a new way of thinking about the Christian church. Even though each of these systems contain five points, they differ slightly in their views on the five topics. One view holds that there is free will to accept salvation; the other that God has predetermined who will receive salvation. Regardless of which position is correct, both sides feel that their view is accurate. With a brief summary of both views in mind, a deeper examination of three specific points will follow. The state of man after the fall, election, and salvation will be focused on.

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