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An Introduction To Early Modern Theological Disputations: The Case Of Jacobus Arminius

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This chapter intent that anyone who works with theological disputations, especially from the early modern period, and even those who have never before been introduced to disputations will find something useful. Disputations designate a unique genre, very different from, and thus not to be treated as, modern theological prose. The language of Aristotelian causality, the precise definitions, the occasionally polemical style, and the oral performance, once characteristic of university pedagogy, all seem quite foreign to present-day readers. The chapter discusses the origin, background and importance of the disputation. It explains the various types and the content, method, and structure of disputations. The chapter discusses the publication history of Jacobus Arminius's disputation and reasons for their neglect. It attempts to show, by attending to Arminius's pastoral and academic contexts, how a different concept of God's love and will grounds predestination and results in a different expectation for assurance of faith.

Keywords:Aristotelian causality; early modern period; Jacobus Arminius; predestination; publication history; theological disputations



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