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The Synod Of Dordt On Arminian Anthropology

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In the fall of 1618 Festus Hommius, an influential Reformed minister at Leiden, published a book that was meant to provide delegates at the future Synod of Dordt with a documented survey of the controversial issues of the day. Arminian anthropology was certainly an issue over which notable disagreements existed at the time. This chapter approaches Arminian anthropology primarily from the perspective of how it was reconstructed and assessed at the Synod of Dordrecht. It discusses how the Synod perceived Arminian anthropology to suggest that the human will was central to Arminianism. The chapter highlights that Arminian anthropology was not primarily rationalist, but first and foremost an anthropology that focused on responsibility and choice. The Synod argued that the Arminian insistence on human will and free choice could not be combined with the profession of Gods sovereignty, and the Synod also disagreed with the optimistic anthropological premises.

Keywords: Arminian anthropology; Arminian documents; Festus Hommius; human soul; synod of Dordrecht; synod of Dordt



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