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The Canons Of Dordt: From Judgment On Arminianism To Confessional Standard

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This chapter examines the process of confessionalization by which the Canons of Dordt shifted from their initial function as a judgment on Arminianism to being a confessional standard of orthodoxy. It plots the most significant moments in the course of the formation of the Canons at the Synod of Dordt. The chapter focuses on the following factors: all decisions of the Synod in regard to the Canons; the character and basic structure of the Canons; the terms used to describe the document and its major sections; how the Canons actually functioned in the aftermath of the Synod, especially the requirement of subscription; and when they came to be called one of the forms of unity. The Synod of Dordt was originally convened by the Dutch government to seek a resolution of the Arminian controversy that had caused major unrest in the Dutch churches for about two decades.

Keywords: Arminianism; Canons of Dordt; confessional standard of orthodoxy; Dutch churches; Synod of Dordt



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