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(from Lat. for “pass by”). Doctrine of election held by Calvinists, acc. to which God “passed by” a portion of mankind and retained it to dishonor and wrath. 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith (see Presbyterian Confessions, 3, 4), III, vii: “The rest of mankind God was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of His will, whereby He extendeth or withholdeth mercy as He pleaseth, for the glory of His sovereign power over Hiscreatures, to pass by [Lat. praeterire], and to ordain them to dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praise of His glorious justice.” See also Double Predestination; Predestinarian Controversy.

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