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Defense Or Deviation? A Re-Examination Of Arminius's Motives To Deviate From The 'Mainstream' Reformed Theology

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This chapter deals with the theological motives of Jacob Arminius to deviate from the mainstream of late sixteenth-century Reformed theology. Some preliminary remarks are taken into account, and the results presented here are based on Arminiuss sixteenth-century writings. Arminius wrote his sixteenth-century writings when, as a pastor in Amsterdam, he was accused of deviating from Reformed orthodoxy still on a very small scale. When Arminius developed deviating conclusions, he had to break away more or less explicitly from this recent training. The chapter highlights that in the doctrine of Godthe heart of Arminiuss theologythe iustitia Dei, Gods justice, receives the place of primary importance. Arminiuss discussion of Gods right over his creatures is inextricably linked with his thought about Gods justice. Arminiuss deviation must be regarded, at least from his own intentions, as an emphatic defence of God and his justice.

Keywords: doctrine of God; iustitia Dei; Jacob Arminius; reformed theology



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