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Bishop George Carleton on the Death of Christ

August 14, 2008

While at the Dort, Bishop Carleton, says Godfrey, stressed the efficacy of the death of Christ for the elect, “which emphasized the strict Calvinist position.”1 Carleton asserted this in contradistinction to Davenant and Ward. However, even with his apparent opposition, Carleton no less affirmed:

Christ therefore so dyed for all, that all and every one by the meanes of faith might obtaine remission of sins, and eternall life by vertue of that ransome paid once for all mankinde. But Christ so dyed for the elect, that by the merit of his death in speciall manner destinated unto them according to the eternall good pleasure of God, they might infallibly obtaine both faith and eternall life.

Source: George Carleton, The Suffrage of the Divines of Great Britaine, Concerning the Five Articles Controverted in the Law Countries, (London: Robert Milbounre, 1629), 47-48.

Credit to Marty for the find.


 1William Robert Godfrey, Tensions Within International Calvinism: The Debate on the Atonement at the Synod of Dort, 1618-1619 (Ph.D diss., Stanford University, 1974), 177.

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