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Arminianism Amongst Protestant Dissenters In England And Ireland In The Eighteenth Century

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The spread of Arminianism in England and Ireland is usually identified with the growth of Methodism under the leadership of John Wesley from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. Nevertheless, Arminian ideas had reached those countries far earlier than that and had a significant impact within the established Church of England in the preceding century. However, of great importance, although frequently overlooked, was the impact of Arminianism on the Protestant Dissenters in both England and Ireland from the start of the eighteenth century. This chapter looks at the influence of Arminianism within Protestant Dissent in the early eighteenth century, particularly in relation to the largest part of Dissent, the Presbyterians. Presbyterians in the seventeenth century had been Calvinists, yet they moved very rapidly to an Arminian position in the eighteenth century.

Keywords: Arminianism; eighteenth century; England; Ireland; Presbyterians; Protestant dissenters



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