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The supremacy of God in the theology of Samuel Rutherford

Author: Guy M Richard
Publisher: Milton Keynes, U.K. ; Colorado Springs, Colo. : Paternoster, 2008.
Series: Studies in Christian history and thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book offers an examination of the theology of Samuel Rutherford (c.1600-1661) beginning with the doctrine of revelation and concluding with assurance of salvation." "It is drawn largely from Rutherford's magnum opus or summa theologiae - the Examen Arinianismi - and is set within the context of the seventeenth-century dispute with Arminianismi and the more contemporary debate concerning Calvin vs. the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Samuel Rutherford; Samuel Rutherford; Samuel Rutherford
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Guy M Richard
ISBN: 9781842275740 1842275747
OCLC Number: 301753548
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Edinburgh.
Description: xviii, 270 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Contextualizing Rutherford --
A. Introduction --
B. Establishing the context --
The socio-political and ecclesial context --
The theological context --
The polemical context --
The formal context --
C. A note on methodology --
2. Prolegomena to theology --
A. Revelation --
Theologia archetypa et ectypa --
Natural and supernatural revelation --
B. Natural theology --
The duplex cognitio Dei --
The role of reason and the necessity of supernatural knowledge --
Scripture as principium cognoscendi theologiae --
C. The nature of scripture --
The perfection of scripture --
Objections to the perfection of scripture --
The authority of scripture --
D. The interpretation of scripture --
3. The doctrines of God --
A. The natura Dei --
The essence and attributes of God --
The Trinity --
The scientia Dei --
B. The vluntas Dei --
Voluntas ad intra et ad extra --
Potentia absoluta et ordinata --
Theologia archetypa et ectypa --
Voluntas beneplaciti et signi --
Voluntas efficiens et ermittens --
Voluntas antecedens et consequens --
Continuity or discontinuity with the Reformation? --
C. Soteriological applications of the voluntas Dei --
Predestination --
Supralapsarianism --
Election and reprobation --
The order of the decrees --
Summary --
Objections to supralapsarianism --
The atonement of Christ --
Limited atonement --
The absolute necessity of the atonement --
4. Soteriology --
A. Covenant theology --
The covenant of redemption --
The covenant of redemption and the decrees of God --
The covenant of works --
The covenant of works --
continuity or discontinuity? --
The covenant of grace --
B. Conversion --
God's work of regeneration --
Grace and free will --
Calling and preparation --
Our response of faith --
The nature of faith --
The object of faith --
Living by faith --
Justification --
Sanctification --
Assurance --
Assurance and faith --
The grounds of assurance --
5. Rutherford's theology and the grounds for his opposition to Arminianism --
The grounds for Rutherford's opposition to Arminianism --
The two strands of Arminianism --
The two ends of Arminianism --
Concluding thoughts on the Calvin-Calvinists debate --
The legacy of Rutherford's theology.
Series Title: Studies in Christian history and thought.
Responsibility: Guy M. Richard ; foreword by David A.S. Fergusson.

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"This book offers an examination of the theology of Samuel Rutherford (c.1600-1661) beginning with the doctrine of revelation and concluding with assurance of salvation." "It is drawn largely from Rutherford's magnum opus or summa theologiae - the Examen Arinianismi - and is set within the context of the seventeenth-century dispute with Arminianismi and the more contemporary debate concerning Calvin vs. the Calvinists."--Jacket.

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