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Of or relating to the theology of Jacobus Arminius and his followers, who rejected the Calvinist doctrines of predestination and election and who believed that human free will is compatible with God's sovereignty.

Ar·min′i·an n.
Ar·min′i·an·ism n.


(Theology) denoting, relating to, or believing in the Christian Protestant doctrines of Jacobus Arminius, published in 1610, which rejected absolute predestination and insisted that the sovereignty of God is compatible with free will in man. These doctrines deeply influenced Wesleyan and Methodist theology
(Theology) a follower of such doctrines
Arˈminianˌism n
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Noun1.Arminian - adherent of Arminianism
Arminian Church - the Protestant denomination adhering to the views of Jacobus Arminius
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Arminian - of or relating to Arminianism
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In 1754 and 1758 Edwards would publish treatises defending the doctrine of original sin against the Arminian position.
John Overall's articles were a Jacobean novelty, though in method they may owe something to Bickley's 1586 articles for Chichester: the 1619 set became the model Arminian version, and swamped its rivals.
Such historians as Peter Lake and Kenneth Fincham have been looking afresh at the leadership of the Jacobean church, and clarifying its nature.(2) They confirm and proceed beyond the findings of Charles and Katherine George, Patrick Collinson, and Nicholas Tyacke that the church under James remained basically Calvinistic.(3) Fincham, for example, reports that only about eight of James's sixty-six bishops could be called Arminian (293).
And at various points it reconciles Arminian thesis and antinomian antithesis into a synthesis that at once invites to exhilarating liberation and challenges to disciplined focus and exertion.
Calvinist and Arminian conversion motifs differentiated Baptists from the start.
a nonconformist Ecclesia and the wise mixture of valor and vulnerability that, according to Milton's Arminian theology of grace and works, preserves the spiritual virginity of the regenerate soul" (233).
At the heart of the matter of Caroline censorship, Clegg argues in her second chapter, was the impact of religious controversy in 1625-29, provoked by changes within the Church of England urged by Arminian clergy.
John's College, Oxford, and Lady Margaret professor of divinity, a position he gained in 1715 by election in competition with an Arminian churchman.
Moreover, Goodwin embraced Congregationalism (or Independency) in the 1640s, at a time when most Puritans were committed to Presbyterianism; and he endorsed religious toleration and Arminian theology, two positions that remained controversial among Puritans, even among Congregationalists, throughout the revolutionary 1640s and 1650s.
Indeed it can be, and has been, argued that Anglicanism as a separate theological tradition did not exist until the early seventeenth century, when the initial Calvinism of the English Reformation was supplanted by the Arminian theology of the Caroline divines.
In 1946, historian George Levy wrote The Baptists of the Maritime Provinces, 1753-1946 to help his denomination celebrate its fortieth anniversary as a union of Arminian and Calvinistic Baptists.
Control over ecclesiastical licensing was slowly wrested from the Calvinist Archbishop Abbot by the anti-Calvinist Bishop of Durham, Richard Neile, and his Arminian circle at Durham House, which effectively replaced Calvinist print-based disputation with a rhetoric of silence that hardened into state practice under Laud in the 1630s.