THE COST OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PART 1


Lest you have ever felt abused for your Christian faith, or persecuted for belonging to the Christian church of your choice, let me delve back into some history.  This post may be especially of interest to those with Baptist, Methodist, or Church of God roots.
Other posts will detail some historic persecutions of different Church bodies by other Christian bodies. That which you take for granted today in the USA has been given you at great costs through the lives of others.
Fr. Orthohippo

Remonstrants , Dutch Protestants, adherents to the ideas of Jacobus Arminius , whose doctrines after his death (1609) were called Arminianism. They were Calvinists but were more liberal and less dogmatic than orthodox Calvinists and diverged from the teachings of the Dutch Reformed Church. After the death of Arminius and under the leadership of Simon Episcopius , they set forth their articles of faith for Holland and West Friesland in a petition that became known as the Remonstrance. Their main variations from orthodox views, as set forth, were conditional, rather than absolute, predestination; universal atonement; the necessity of regeneration through the Holy Ghost; the possibility of resistance to divine grace; and the possibility of relapse from grace. A movement to suppress the Remonstrants was led by Franciscus Gomarus and Prince Maurice of Nassau , and finally, after a hearing at the Synod of Dort (1618-19), the orthodox position prevailed. Remonstrants were denied church services, and their leaders were persecuted and exiled. With the death of Prince Maurice in 1625 the ban was lifted and the religion was tolerated until 1795, when it was recognized as an independent church. The Remonstrants survive as a small group in the Netherlands. They have had a liberalizing influence on Calvinist doctrine as well as on other evangelical churches.

Jacobus Arminius

Arminius as professor, from Kupferstich aus Theatrum Europaeum by Matthaeus Merian in 1662
Era 17th century
Born October 10, 1560
Oudewater, Utrecht
Died October 19, 1609(1609-10-19) (aged 49)
Leiden, South Holland
Occupation Pastor, professor
Nationality Dutch
Tradition or
movement
Arminianism
Main interests Soteriology
Notable ideas Prevenient grace
Spouse Lijsbet Reael
Influences Theodore Beza, Johannes Drusius, Johann Kolmann, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam
Influenced Simon Episcopius, Hugo Grotius, John Wesley
Text from The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition | 2008 | The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright 2008 Columbia University Press. (Hide copyright information) Copyright

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The blog of a retired Anglican priest (MSJ), his musings, journey, humor, wonderment, and comments on today's scene.
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