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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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I've heard a deal o' doctrine i' my time, for I used to go after the Dissenting preachers along wi' Seth, when I was a lad o' seventeen, and got puzzling myself a deal about th' Arminians and the Calvinists.
We were born twins--Regular and General Baptists, Calvinists or Arminians.
In the last years of his life Hale professed that "Points controverted between the Arminians and Calvinists" regarding God's decrees, his infuence on the human will, the resistibility of grace, and so forth were impossible to determine and of "inconsiderable moment.
We learned the difference between Arius and Athanasius, Chalcedonians and Monophysites, Orthodoxy and Catholicism, Catholics and Protestants, Calvinists and Arminians, Presbyterians and Methodists, evangelicals and Pentecostals, and so forth--but not much about what any of them may have in common.
Theological divisions between Calvinistic and Arminians in England in the early 1740s ensured that the English Calvinistic revival as it had become by this stage grew ever closer to the Welsh revival.
One does not have to be a theologian to be aware of the disagreements between liberal Catholics and traditional Catholics, or between Arminians and Calvinists, and so on.
44) It may thus have been the local context, as much as the national, which Robert Sanderson addressed when he preached at Boston in 1619 that "Of late our English Arminians have got the tricke to fetch in within the compasse of Title of Puritanes, all orthodox Divines that oppose against their Semi-Pelagian subtilties.
In the last several decades, the reigning narrative of American Protestantism has shifted from one of slowly decaying Calvinism to the vigorous success of Arminians, especially Methodists and the "upstart sects" far from the borders of New England.
Hapsburg gains in Germany coupled with the Spanish success at Breda encouraged a gloomy outlook on the Republic's future, and political gains by the Arminians after the death of Prince Maurice placed Frederick in the position of choosing either diplomacy and compromise or a drastic return to his brother's strategy of repression.
First there is the Erasmus favored by the supporters of the emerging Church of England, successively tagged with such labels as Episcopalians, Arminians, Latitudinarians, and Anglicans.
It is true that Calvinists and Arminians contested the meaning of "predestination," but the core of Milton's theodicy in Paradise Lost is an earnest belief in free will.
Thus if solemn assemblies, observations of festivals, public worship be permitted to any one sort of professors, all these things ought to be permitted to the Presbyterians, Independents, Anabaptists, Arminians, Quakers, and others, with the same liberty.