11. What is the view of this subject entertained by the French Protestant theologians, Camero, Amyraut, and others?
These theological professors at Saumur, during the second quarter of the seventeenth century, taught that God, 1st. Decreed to create man. 2d. To permit man to fall. 3d.To provide, in the mediation of Christ, salvation for all men. 4th. But, foreseeing that if men were left to themselves none would repent and believe, therefore he sovereignly elected some to whom he decreed to give the necessary graces of repentance and faith.
The new school theology of America, as far as it relates to the decrees of God, is only a revival of this system.
It differs from the Calvinistic view in making the decree of redemption precede the decree of election.
It differs from the Arminian view in regarding the sovereign good pleasure of God, and not foreseen faith, the ground of election. The objection to this view is, that it is an essential element in that radically false view of the atonement called the governmental theory.—See Chapter XXII., questions 6, 7.
Archibald Alexander Hodge, Outlines of Theology (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1863), 178–79.
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