John Owen: The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

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By 1648 Archbishop William Laud was long dead and the Arminians were far from power, but, in the view of John Owen, variations on their doctrine of salvation remained a threat. He had made his name by attacking Arminian doctrine in his first published work, A Display of Arminianism (1643). He followed this up with The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (Works x. 139-428) designed to promote limited atonement over against universal redemption – the new face of Arminianism. The issue rested on one central question: did Christ die for all people, or for the elect only (those individuals whom God had chosen for salvation before the beginning of the world)? Owen defended the Calvinist position – against …

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Citation:
Cooper, Tim. "The Death of Death in the Death of Christ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2008
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