Profile image
By Peter Lumpkins (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Gregory A. Wills: “Arminianism did not prosper in the Netherlands”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:17
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Gregory A. Wills summarily writes about the Synod of Dort’s response to the Remonstrants, followers of Jacob Arminius.

‘The Arminian Remonstrants summed up their doubts [i.e. concerning the purported teachings of John Calvin by Theodore Beza, et al] in five points. The Dutch church hosted the Synod of Dort, a gathering of the leaders of Europe’s Reformed churches, which answered each point…These became known as the “five points of Calvinism.”‘1

Wills then writes, “Arminianism did not prosper in the Netherlands but attracted many followers in England and America.”

So far so good I suppose.


While what Wills writes about the Synod of Dort (1618-1619) is generally true, the impression he surely leaves upon the reader by what he doesn’t write or qualify seems grossly unfair and perhaps even a bit irresponsible.


Yes, it’s true Arminianism did not prosper in the Netherlands (at least immediately after Dort). But Wills fails to hint as to perhaps the main reason why that may have been the case. As a result of what famed historian, Phillip Schaff, indicated was a rigged outcome against the Remonstrants at the Synod of Dort (“the fate of the Arminians was decided beforehand”), approximately two hundred ministers were defrocked from the ministry with at least eighty being either thrown in prison or banished from Holland. Government officials, Van Olden Barneveldt and Hugo Grotius were arrested for collaborating with heretics, the former beheaded at The Hague soon after the Dort synod was dismissed, while the latter presumably escaped a similar fate by first escaping jail.2

Given these ignored facts, one can surely understand better why Arminianism did not prosper in the Netherlands after the Synod of Dort. Arminianism was condemned as heresy, and consequently a capital offense for embracing it.

1Wills, G.A. Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900. Oxford University Press, USA. 2003:102-103

2Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, with a History and Critical Notes: The History of Creeds, vol. 1 (New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1878), 514.


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.