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Imagining The Synod Of Dordt And The Arminian Controversy

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The Synod of Dordrecht was an important moment in European history and the history of Reformed Protestantism. City magistrates and provincial States, irrespective of theological leanings, prevented the lambasting of the bearers of high political office in popular prints. This chapter expands on Israels suggestion, and demonstrates that censorship protected all vested authorities, both political and ecclesiastical. It argues that religion was considered even more sensitive than politics, as it was supposed to be the bond of society, the very guarantee of the harmony and equilibrium deemed necessary in a well-ordered society. The chapter provides an impression of the various types of prints, distinguishing various genres as well as prints catering to the higher and lower market segment. With the exception of the demonizing depictions of the Synod of Dordrecht, the prints we know of the Arminian controversy do not caricature the vested authorities, on the contrary.

Keywords: Arminian controversy; historical prints; Israel; Reformed Protestantism; synod of Dordt



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