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Amyraldism

The doctrine that God wills all men to be saved, on condition that they believe. Expressed by Moses Amyrald (1596-1664), a French Protestant pastor, the doctrine was designed to be Calvinistic rather than Arminian and to provide the basis for conciliation between Reformed and Lutheran theology. Agreeing with Calvin on the absolute sovereignty of God, expressed in history through the realization of God's sovereign purpose, Amyrald affirmed that individual redemption and the establishment of the kingdom of God were wholly divine prerogatives and could in no case be either accidental or contingent. Nevertheless, he found scriptural warrant for a universalism in the divine decree to salvation, averring that God wills all men to be saved.