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Discussion Concerning Predestination

By Jacobus Arminius

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   Chapter 1 - Arminius And Junius' First Correspondence - Discussion Between Arminius & Junius, Topic - Predestination A Friendly Discussion Between James Arminius & Francis Junius, Concerning Predestinat
   Chapter 2 - First Proposition of Arminius - I see, then, most renowned sir, that there are three views in reference to that subject, [predestination] which have their defenders among the doctors
   Chapter 3 - Second Proposition of Arminius - They differ in this, that the first presents men as not yet created, but to be created, to God, electing and predestinating, also passing by and repro
   Chapter 4 - Third Proposition of Arminius - The first theory is this, that God determined from eternity to illustrate his own glory by mercy and justice: and as these could be exercised in fact
   Chapter 5 - Fourth Proposition of Arminius - The second theory is this--God, from eternity, considering men in their original native condition determined to raise some to supernatural felicity an
   Chapter 6 - Fifth Proposition of Arminius - The third theory is that God determined of his grace to free some of the human race, fallen, and lying in the "lump" (Rom. ix. 21 ) of perdition and c
   Chapter 7 - Sixth Proposition of Arminius - I am not pleased with the first theory because God could not, in his purpose of illustrating his glory by mercy and punitive justice, have reference t
   Chapter 8 - Seventh Proposition of Arminius - I will not now adduce other reasons why that theory is not satisfactory to me, since I perceive that you treat it in a mode and respect different from
   Chapter 9 - Eighth Proposition of Arminius - I shall, therefore, consider three things in that theory. 1. Did God elect from eternity, of human beings, considered in their natural condition, s
   Chapter 10 - Ninth Proposition of Arminius - In the first question, I do not present as a matter of doubt, the fact that God has elected some to salvation, and not elected or passed by others for
   Chapter 11 - Tenth Proposition of Arminius - First, in general. 1. Since no man was ever created by God in a merely natural state; whence also no man could ever be considered in the decree of God
   Chapter 12 - Eleventh Proposition of Arminius - Secondly, of Election. 1. Election is said to have been made in Christ, who was ordained as mediator for sinners, and was called Jesus, because H
   Chapter 13 - Twelth Proposition of Arminius - Thirdly, of Non-Election or Preterition. Non-election or preterition is an act of the divine pleasure, by which God from eternity determined not to co
   Chapter 14 - Thirteenth Proposition of Arminius - The second question, referring to the preparation of grace, and its opposite, preterition, is not, whether God designed to bestow saving grace only on
   Chapter 15 - Fourteenth Proposition of Arminius - First, because Adam and, in him, all men were created in a state of supernatural grace, hence no one could be considered in a merely natural state. Th
   Chapter 16 - Fifteenth Proposition of Arminius - Secondly, because the grace of predestination, or that prepared for man in predestination, is Evangelical, not Legal; but that grace was prepared only
   Chapter 17 - Sixteenth Proposition of Arminius - Thirdly, because the reelection of a creature, in his natural state, of a creature, on whom is imposed a law only to be performed by grace, is a cause
   Chapter 18 - Seventeenth Proposition of Arminius - In reference to the third question, it is not in controversy whether God, foreseeing the sins of some, prepared for their deserved punishment, but whe
   Chapter 19 - Eighteenth Proposition of Arminius - In the first place, from what has been already stated: since punishment can not be justly prepared, of the mere act of the divine pleasure, for those
   Chapter 20 - Ninteenth Proposition of Arminius - In addition to all that has been said, it is proper to consider that, since predestination, preterition, and reprobation, really produce no effect on
   Chapter 21 - Twentyth Proposition of Arminius - It does not seem to me that this sentiment is established by the argument from the necessary declaration of the freedom of grace and of the divine goo
   Chapter 22 - Twenty-first Proposition of Arminius - In a comparison of these two theories, the latter seems not more probable than the former, since it involves the same absurd consequence. This I will
   Chapter 23 - Twenty-second Proposition of Arminius - First, it presents to the Deity, in the act of election, of non-election, of predestination, and of preterition, man as created, and created of such a
   Chapter 24 - Twenty-third Proposition of Arminius - Secondly, because it does not unite decrees between which there is a just coherence. For it unites the decree in reference to leaving some in their na
   Chapter 25 - Twenty-fourth Proposition of Arminius - Thirdly, because it leaves a hiatus in the decrees, not introducing, between the decree of preterition and that of reprobation, the decree concerning
   Chapter 26 - Twenty-fifth Proposition of Arminius - Fourthly, because it is not consistent with the condition of the creation and perpetuation of the human race, which was that all should be considered
   Chapter 27 - Twenty-sixth Proposition of Arminius - Fifthly, because, according to it, the decree is equivocal, and true only on condition of a distribution of its terms. It is equivocal because glory a
   Chapter 28 - Twenty-seventh Proposition of Arminius - I will not now touch the theory of Augustine, because that would be a futile task, if the theory of Aquinas, of prior consideration, can be sustained

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