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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Arminius on the Assurance of Salvation: The Context, Roots, and Shape of the Leiden Debate, 1603-1609 and its chapters. The book seeks to demonstrate at which points Jacobus Arminius, who is famous (or infamous) exclusively for his “anti-Calvinist” doctrine of conditional predestination, soteriology and doctrine of the assurance of salvation exhibit continuity as well as discontinuity with those of his Reformed predecessors and contemporaries, notably his colleagues on the theological faculty in Leiden, and then argue that his teaching on assurance coheres well with the rest of his theology. It, then, focuses on the debate during Arminius’s years as a professor in Leiden (1603–09). The book reveals the central importance of assurance as a decisive factor in the thought and polemic of Arminius and explores the connection between assurance, predestination, and the doctrine of God.

Keywords: anti-Calvinist; assurance; Jacobus Arminius; Leiden Debate; predestination; Reformed predecessors; Salvation; soteriology; theology



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