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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.
First, the Baptists were DANGEROUS, theologically and politically, because of "their affinity with many other damnable Heretics, both Ancient and later." This guilt-by-association list of their heretical soulmates includes such ecclesiastically condemned doctrinal miscreants as "millenarians," "Marcionites, Novatians, and Donatists," along with "Polygamists, Jesuits, and Arminians." Baptists, he says, also promote "other damnable doctrines, tending to carnal liberty, familism, and a medley and hodge-podge of all Religions." Featley concluded: "So in one Anabaptist you have many Heretiques...
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.
Frederick surrounded himself with deputies who, though not necessarily Arminians themselves, advanced the Arminian political cause on the Prince's behalf.
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.
But by the mid-1980s both churches managed to produce a Declaration of Consensus, which was attractive enough to appeal to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well as the Remonstrant Brotherhood (Arminians) to participate in the "Together-on-the-Way" process.
Shakespeare, the secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, who served a denomination of Baptists that contained both Arminians and Calvinists.
This appointment provided the starting point for the ten-year battle between Remonstrants (Arminians) and contra-Remonstrants (also known as anti-Arminians or Gomarists), which ended only in 1619, when the Synod of Dordrecht banned Vorstius from Dutch soil.
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 "deists were more consistent in their use of the abstract principles that inspired arminians" and others, M.
Spinoza and Locke professed indifference to the doctrinal differences between Arminians and other sectarians.