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The Grounding Of Assurance

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This chapter begins with a brief description of certainty in the context of Jacobus Arminius’s religious epistemology in general. It seeks to describe Arminius’s solution to the primary problem of this study, the epistemological question of salvation, namely, “How can one know he is saved?” The grounds of assurance may be considered in two different modes, either a posteriori or a priori. The chapter examines the question from these distinct angles and compares the solutions proposed by Arminius and his contemporaries, again employing the academic disputations of the Leiden theologians as indications of the agreements and disagreements. When comparing and contrasting Reformed and Roman Catholic views of the assurance of salvation, Perkins observes that the primary difference is that certainty of salvation for the Reformed is by faith, whereas certainty of salvation for Roman Catholics is by hope.

Keywords: assurance; faith; Jacobus Arminius; Leiden theologians; religious epistemology; Roman Catholic views; salvation



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