Diversity within the Reformed tradition : supra- and infralapsarianism in Calvin, Dort, and Westminster
Recent analyses of the relationship between Calvin and Reformed theology argue that post-Reformation Reformed theologians distorted the John Calvin's doctrine of predestination. Scholars argue that it was scholasticism and rationalism that turned Calvin's biblical doctrine of predestination into an arid metaphysical system of decrees. This thesis argues contra the modern critics that post-Reformation Reformed theologians did not distort Calvin's doctrine of predestination but rather modified it. The thesis accomplishes this by comparing the lapsarian views of Calvin, the Synod of Dort, and the Westminster Confession of Faith. The thesis demonstrates that Calvin was a supralapsarian and that Dort and Westminster are infralapsarian.