Friday, April 28, 2006


A definition, courtesy of the

Arminianism was developed from the writings of Jacobus Arminius (1559-1609). Known as “the quiet Dutchman”, Arminius’ writings emphasize free will, and subsequent Arminian theologians developed a five-point rebuttal of Calvinism’s TULIP (but without the nifty flower acronym):

Natural Ability (the Imago Dei is marred but not obliterated; however, humanity is dependent of the Holy Spirit for new birth)

Election (based on God’s foreknowledge of who would respond with free will to the Gospel)

Unlimited Atonement (salvation is available to all, but effective only for those who respond)

Prevenient Grace (preparatory work of the Holy Spirit enabling humanity to respond to the Gospel), and

Conditional Perseverance (believers are empowered for victorious life, but are capable of turning from grace and losing salvation)

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