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Predestination and Justification
Two Theological Loci

Edited by Frank James III

Predestination and Justification
Hardback, 260 pages £18.00
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9781931112277
Format: 228mm x 150mm
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Subjects: Philosophy and Religion, The Davenant Institute
Series: Peter Martyr Library

Predestination and justification are two of the most distinctive and familiar doctrines associated with the Protestant Reformation. Martyr, an influential Protestant theologian and biblical exegete of the sixteenth century, engages advocates and detractors alike in his most extensive discussions of these controversial theological topics, drawn from his monumental commentary on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. The great value of these two treatises is that they provide a vital if unheralded Protestant perspective on what were two of the most controverted doctrines of the Reformation era—not only between Roman Catholics and Protestants, but also among the Reformed, Lutheran, and Anabaptists as well.

Abbreviations Used in This Volume

General Editors’ Preface

Translator’s Preface

Translator’s IntroductionPart One: Locus on Predestination


Should Predestination Be Taught?

Does Predestination Exist?

Article 1: The Nature and Definition of Predestination

The Nature of Predestination

The Definition of Predestination

The Definition of Reprobation

Article 2: The Cause of Predestination

The Fourfold Cause of Predestination

Are Foreseen Good Works the Cause of Predestination?

Testimony from the Church Fathers

Contra Pighius

Article 3: The Effects of Predestination

Is Grace Universal?

Is Grace Sufficient?

Arguments to the Contrary

Article 4: The Necessity of Predestination

Is Necessity Imposed upon Us?

Does Necessity Hinder Free Will?

Does Foreknowledge Cancel God’s Justice?

Part Two: Locus on Justification





Proposition 1: Justification Is Not by Works

Proof from Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Proof from Paul’s Other Letters

Proof from Other Scriptures

Objections to Proposition 1

Proof from the Church Fathers

Proof from Church Councils

Proposition 2: Justification Is by Faith

Proof from Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Proof from Paul’s Other Letters

Proof from Other Scriptures

Objections to Proposition 2

Proof from the Church Fathers

Proof from the Church Councils

Proposition 3: Justification Is by Faith Alone

Contra Richard Smith

Proof from the Church Fathers

About the Editor and Translator

Scripture References

Classical Patristic, and Medieval References


Thus it is a treat to have Vermigli’s writings made available for modern scholars and others interested in the works of this sixteenth-century Reformed theologian.  Indeed, we enthusiastically commend the work of the editors, translators, and publishers in making available in this format Vermigli’s numerous writings, some of which for the first time.
Mid-America Journal of Theology

James was assistant professor of systematic and historical theology at Westmont College (1987–89); lecturer in philosophy and history, Villanova University (1986–87); and contributing editor at Christian History Magazine (1986–89). Since 1993 he has been professor of historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and in 2002 was appointed vice president.

Publications include (with Charles E. Hill) of The Glory of the Atonement in Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspective (2003); coeditor (with Emidio Campi and Peter Opitz) of Peter Martyr Vermigli: Humanism, Republicanism and Reformation, Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 365 (2002); coeditor (with J. Patrick Donnelly and Joseph C. McLelland) of The Peter Martyr Reader (1999). He is the author of Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer, Oxford Theological Monographs (1998); coeditor (with Heiko Augustus Oberman) of Via Augustini: The Recovery of Augustine in the Later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought, vol. 48 (1991). Since 1996, he has served as a general editor (with Joseph C. McLelland and J. Patrick Donnelly) of the Peter Martyr Library series and senior editor of Ad Fontes: Digital Library of Classical Theological Text (with Alister E. McGrath, Richard A. Muller, and Herman Selderhuis).

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 260 pages
 228mm x 150mm

BIC Code:
  BIB000000, REL006000, REL067000
 Davenant Institute


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