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    Arminian 'covenant' theology

    Do you know of any resources that detail the classical Arminian (Remonstrant) view(s) on the covenant? Considering the fact that Arminianism came out of the Reformed churches, it seems likely to me that they held to some kind of covenant theology.
    Rev. Daniel Kok
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    Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

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    According to Dr. Clark, the Arminians rejected the Covenant of Works, but I wonder what their articulation of the covenant of grace and covenant of redemption would be?

    http://spindleworks.com/library/CR/clark.htm


    [Edited on 10-12-2005 by poimen]
    Rev. Daniel Kok
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    Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

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    John Calvin, Commentary on the Hebrews (7:25)

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    Originally posted by poimen
    According to Dr. Clark, the Arminians rejected the Covenant of Works, but I wonder what their articulation of the covenant of grace and covenant of redemption would be?

    http://spindleworks.com/library/CR/clark.htm


    [Edited on 10-12-2005 by poimen]
    Well, since they don't believe in Predestination and deny irresistable grace I bet you would find their argument to go along the lines of Arminius or Erasmus.
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    They would have to deny Covenant Theology.

    [Edited on 10-12-2005 by puritancovenanter]
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    Originally posted by puritancovenanter
    They would have to deny Covenant Theology.

    [Edited on 10-12-2005 by puritancovenanter]
    Yes and no. I assume they would have affirmed a covenant theology but denied Reformed covenant theology.
    Rev. Daniel Kok
    Teaching Elder in the St. Lawrence Presbytery of the RPCNA
    Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

    "What sort of pledge and how great is this of love towards us! Christ lives for us not for himself!"
    John Calvin, Commentary on the Hebrews (7:25)

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    Daniel,

    See Richard A. Muller, "The Federal Motif in Seventeenth Century Arminian Theology," Nederlands Archief voor Kerkengescheidnis 62 (1982): 102-22

    You can probably get it through inter-library loan. Most public libraries do this at no additional cost (to the taxes you pay already). Failing that, email me and I can perhaps help.

    rsc

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    Originally posted by R. Scott Clark
    Daniel,

    See Richard A. Muller, "The Federal Motif in Seventeenth Century Arminian Theology," Nederlands Archief voor Kerkengescheidnis 62 (1982): 102-22

    You can probably get it through inter-library loan. Most public libraries do this at no additional cost (to the taxes you pay already). Failing that, email me and I can perhaps help.

    rsc
    You have an e-mail.
    Rev. Daniel Kok
    Teaching Elder in the St. Lawrence Presbytery of the RPCNA
    Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

    "What sort of pledge and how great is this of love towards us! Christ lives for us not for himself!"
    John Calvin, Commentary on the Hebrews (7:25)

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    I found an interesting essay online:

    http://www.nd.edu/~pwallace/turretin.txt

    Scroll down to the 'Arminian Challenge.'
    Rev. Daniel Kok
    Teaching Elder in the St. Lawrence Presbytery of the RPCNA
    Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

    "What sort of pledge and how great is this of love towards us! Christ lives for us not for himself!"
    John Calvin, Commentary on the Hebrews (7:25)

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    Berkhof has a good review of the Arminian view in his Systematic Theology.
    Patrick
    MDiv, RTS Jackson
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  10. Arminius' writings would be a good source as well.
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