An epistemological corrective to doctrines of assurance

Jonathan Curtis Rutledge

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-177
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2017


  • Assurance
  • Pragmatic Encroachment
  • Soteriology
  • Salvation
  • Skepticism


Dive into the research topics of 'An epistemological corrective to doctrines of assurance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this