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On The Maccovius Affair

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The Maccovius affair forms an obscure episode in the history of the Synod of Dordrecht. To many of the foreign delegates, the Maccovius affair appeared to be an internal problem for the Dutch which ought not to be resolved at an international Synod like that of Dordt. In later Remonstrant historiography the Maccovius affair was explicitly used to disqualify the Contra-Remonstrant position on predestination. It was not until the first half of the nineteenth century that modern historiography offered more precise details of the Maccovius affair. The origins of the Maccovius affair must be situated in Friesland. It was Maccoviuss striving for the introduction of metaphysics to the Reformed academies that raised the protest of Sibrandus Lubbertus and others in the northern provinces who felt the need to counteract the influence Maccovius was gaining over the students at Franeker University.

Keywords: Contra-Remonstrant; Dutch Republic; Maccovius affair; metaphysics; Sibrandus Lubbertus; Synod of Dordrecht

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