A Deceptive Clarity? Particular Redemption in the Westminster Standards

By Lee Gatiss. Reformed Theological Review 69.3 (2010): 180-196.
This article looks at the effect of the debate about so-called "limited atonement" at the Westminster Assembly in 1645 on the text of the Westminster Confession and Westminster Catechisms. Drawing on a previous article looking in depth at that debate, it shows that sophisticated hypothetical universalists of a Calvinist variety from the 17th century itself could happily have signed up to the doctrine set forth in the Standards, even though that is not the way the Confession has been read in more modern times. It calls for those who hold to different varieties of Calvinism/ Reformed theology to be more tolerant of diversity within their own ranks, and to recognise this historically within the Reformed constituency and Reformed confessions.

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