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Baird Tipson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212520.001.0001

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The Search for Alternatives to Extreme Augustinianism

The Search for Alternatives to Extreme Augustinianism

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(p.115) 5 The Search for Alternatives to Extreme Augustinianism
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Hartford Puritanism
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Baird Tipson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212520.003.0005

By the late middle ages, extreme Augustinianism had undergone considerable modification. In particular, theologians introduced the notion that human beings could “prepare” for salvation by provoking God’s favor on their own initiative. Luther and Calvin attacked late medieval modifications as unacceptable compromises with God’s sovereignty. To combat Protestant heresy, Luis de Molina of the Society of Jesus developed an elegant method of combining human free will with divine predestination based on God’s scientia media.

Keywords:   extreme Augustinianism, preparation, Martin Luther, Luis de Molina, John Calvin

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