Keith Stanglin, Heritage Christian University,

Arminianism and the Economy of Salvation


This presentation examines the thought of Arminian theologians on matters related to economics and its intersection with the doctrine of salvation. Specifically, Simon Episcopius, Étienne de Courcelles, and Philip van Limborch, the three great Remonstrant theologians of the seventeenth century, discussed the ethics of trade and use of money in connection with the eight commandment of the Decalogue, the prohibition against theft. After surveying the Arminian doctrine of predestination and salvation, particularly vis-à-vis Reformed orthodoxy, this presentation considers how the Arminian approach may complicate Weber’s narrative and whether the doctrine of predestination and Protestant asceticism is a significant factor in economic reality.

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