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Arminius on Facientibus Quod in Se Est and Likely Medieval Sources

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Identifying the source of an idea in an early modern theologian can be a challenging task, especially with a controversial figure such as Jacob Arminius. This chapter explores the question of whether Arminius held to the Facientibus quod in se est Deus non denegat gratiam. It proves that Arminius did teach it and that the likely source of the idea is an eclectic patchwork of medieval theologians, which confirms the claims of Richard Muller; namely, Arminius reintroduced the facientibus to Protestant theology. Arminius' use of the facientibus shows continuity with the medieval past, a link that was not welcomed by his Reformed peers. Within Arminius studies there is a sliver that has dealt with the specific question of Arminius' understanding of the facientibus. One of the chief good acts that Arminius has in mind is the unregenerate person's response to the law of God.

Keywords: Facientibus quod in se est; Jacob Arminius; medieval sources; Richard Muller



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