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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.
For example, Martin assumes that the reader understands the meaning of the following terms describing religious and philosophical groups (presented here in alphabetical order) , even though she never defines any of them: Anabaptists, Antinomianists, Arians, Arminians, Baptists, Cambridge Platonists, Comenians, Congregationalists, Erasminists, Erastians, Fifth Monarchists, Latitudinarians, Levellers, Seekers, Ranters.
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.
Shakespeare, the secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, who served a denomination of Baptists that contained both Arminians and Calvinists.
123) Although we presently have no direct proof for this affiliation, doctrinal and biographical reasons make it natural to assume that de Veno sided with the Arminians against Lubbert.
In the 1600s, Reformed Christians argued over the free will espoused by Arminians, the formal liturgy promoted by Archbishop William Laud, and the rationalism advocated by latitudinarians and Cartesians.
The Arminians used the principles of rationality "to question traditional claims deriving from Scripture, but only the deists attacked the validity of Scripture itself" (19).
Spinoza and Locke professed indifference to the doctrinal differences between Arminians and other sectarians.