Experimental Predestination in Donne's Holy Sonnets: Self-Ministry and the Early Seventeenth-Century "Via Media"

Experimental Predestination in Donne's Holy Sonnets: Self-Ministry and the Early... Abstract: This essay addresses an ongoing controversy over whether the mature John Donne embraced Calvinist or Arminian theology by advocating a new middle way. His Holy Sonnets composed around the time of his conversion indeed reflect the fear and trembling of Calvinist belief; striking continuities clearly exist between them and the methods of "experimental predestination" advocated by William Perkins. Perkins used a fearful set of "hammers"—knowledge of God's law, wrath at human sin, and our total helplessness to merit grace or be saved on our own—to humble souls otherwise unable to "achieve" election. Yet as the word "achieve" suggests, his system included hidden elements of voluntarism useful not only personally to Donne but also to his later preaching career. By consistently expanding these elements, especially the role of penitence as a "work" of grace and love rather than of the will, he softened Calvinist orthodoxy without fully embracing Arminianism in both his late Holy Sonnets and sermons. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Philology University of North Carolina Press

Experimental Predestination in Donne's Holy Sonnets: Self-Ministry and the Early Seventeenth-Century "Via Media"

Studies in Philology, Volume 110 (2) – Apr 6, 2013

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-north-carolina-press/experimental-predestination-in-donne-s-holy-sonnets-self-ministry-and-3OXPldzO4c
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 The University of North Carolina Press.
ISSN
1543-0383
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Abstract: This essay addresses an ongoing controversy over whether the mature John Donne embraced Calvinist or Arminian theology by advocating a new middle way. His Holy Sonnets composed around the time of his conversion indeed reflect the fear and trembling of Calvinist belief; striking continuities clearly exist between them and the methods of "experimental predestination" advocated by William Perkins. Perkins used a fearful set of "hammers"—knowledge of God's law, wrath at human sin, and our total helplessness to merit grace or be saved on our own—to humble souls otherwise unable to "achieve" election. Yet as the word "achieve" suggests, his system included hidden elements of voluntarism useful not only personally to Donne but also to his later preaching career. By consistently expanding these elements, especially the role of penitence as a "work" of grace and love rather than of the will, he softened Calvinist orthodoxy without fully embracing Arminianism in both his late Holy Sonnets and sermons.

Journal

Studies in PhilologyUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Apr 6, 2013

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off