An Epistemological Corrective to Doctrines of Assurance

Authors

  • Jonathan C. Rutledge University of St Andrews

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24204/ejpr.v9i1.1869

Abstract

Many Christian traditions affirm a doctrine of assurance. According to this doctrine, those who are saved have assurance of their own salvation; that is, the doctrine of assurance tells us that the elect can know their status as elect. In this paper, I explore two developments of the doctrine of assurance by theologians (i.e. John Calvin & Kenneth Keathley) and argue that they fail to accommodate the fallibilistic nature of human knowing. I then develop a fallibilistic doctrine of assurance, which makes such assurance available to most Christians, and respond to an objection from the camp of pragmatic encroachment.

Published

2017-05-03

How to Cite

Rutledge, Jonathan C. 2017. “An Epistemological Corrective to Doctrines of Assurance”. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (1):163-77. https://doi.org/10.24204/ejpr.v9i1.1869.

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Research Articles