MPhil student ordained to the diaconate
Dr Echeverria says: I will examine the Reformed doctrine of election in the writings of two Dutch masters of dogmatics and ecumenical theology, namely, the neo-Calvinists Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) and G. C. Berkouwer (1903-1996). Both of them reject an interpretation of "double predestination" in which election and reprobation are symmetrical with respect to the mode of divine causality. They distinguish the "equal symmetry" interpretation of election and reprobation, as a distortion of the Reformed doctrine of double predestination, from the “essential asymmetry” interpretation, and they opt for the latter as the genuine Reformed view in their theological account of double predestination. The question I will consider in my analysis of their views is whether these Dutch masters successfully reconcile their version of "double predestination," the mystery of predestining grace, election and reprobation, with God’s universal will to save all men in Christ.
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