Arminian

Arminianism

[ahr-min-ee-uh-niz-uhm]
noun Theology.
the doctrinal teachings of Jacobus Arminius or his followers, especially the doctrine that Christ died for all people and not only for the elect. Compare Calvinism ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1610–20; J. Armini(us) + -an + -ism

Arminian, adjective, noun
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Arminian (ɑːˈmɪnɪən)
 
adj
1.  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
 
n
2.  a follower of such doctrines
 
Ar'minianism
 
n

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Arminian
1610s, from Arminius, Latinized form of the name of James Harmensen (1560-1609), Dutch Protestant theologian opposed to Calvin, especially on the question of predestination. His ideas were denounced at the Synod of Dort, but nonetheless spread in the Reformed churches.
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