Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

byFrank A. James

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This study is in its broadest sense an inquiry into the intellectual origins of the Reformed branch of Protestantism generally, but inaccurately, designated Calvinism. More specifically, it concerns one of the early theologians who gave formative shape to Reformed theology, Peter MartyrVermigli (1499-1562), and focuses on his adoption of the soteriological doctrine of gemina praedestinatio, double predestination: divine election and divine reprobation. One of the most erudite men of his age, Vermigli was also one of the most remarkable, for his religious career spanned the ecclesiastical horizon from prominence as a Roman Catholic theologian to one of the formative theologians of sixteenth century Reformed Protestantism. No other theologian ofthe early sixteenth century was so distinguished in both camps. James argues that Vermigli derived the doctrine of gemina praedestinatio from the writings of Gregory of Rimini and that it was fully formed before he allied himself with the Protestant cause, thus illustrating an important aspect ofsoteriological continuity between late medieval and reformation thought.

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This study is in its broadest sense an inquiry into the intellectual origins of the Reformed branch of Protestantism generally, but inaccurately, designated Calvinism. More specifically, it concerns one of the early theologians who gave formative shape to Reformed theology, Peter MartyrVermigli (1499-1562), and focuses on his adoption...

Frank A. James is an Associate Professor of Church History at The Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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`This is a bold book which future research may well prove sound in its central conviction. It deserves to provoke fresh scrutiny of the placing of predestination in the late medieval and early Protestant thought. Above all, it should attract a new readership to Peter Martyr Vermigli.'D.F. Wright, Journal of Theological Studies Vol. 51 No. 1