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Arminius And Rome

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Remonstrants have repeatedly been accused of "papist leanings". The first to call suspicions upon himself for being "Romeward" was Arminius. During his Italian journey, he had purportedly kissed the Pope's feet. After the Remonstrant ministers that had been expelled by the Dort synod were deported at the Southern Netherlands' border near Waalwijk, the imputations recommenced. Again and again, the Remonstrants rejected the Catholic overtures. Through the spoken and written word they rebutted alleged crypto-Catholic beliefs. This chapter explains the extent to which Arminius's life and works gave cause to these persistently recurring allegations. Arminius became vehemently unfavourably disposed towards Rome. In his pursuance of breaching a fatalistic conception of God, Arminius did move towards a certain synergism. His opponents maintained considering this an overture to the Catholic doctrine of good works.

Keywords: Arminius; papist leanings; Pope; Roman Catholic church; Rome

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