Arminius and His Declaration of Sentiments
An Annotated Translation with Introduction and Theological Commentary
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Baylor University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Translation projects are by their very nature the byproduct of a network of people beyond the translator—in this case a combination of people, institutions, and organizations. Gratitude has been conveyed privately to each of these, but I take this opportunity to express my thanks publicly to those without...
Jacob Arminius’ Declaration of Sentiments was delivered orally in Dutch before the States of Holland in October, 1608. An English translation of the manuscript from which he delivered his address has not previously been available to the English-speaking world. The translation in all the editions of...
I. The Life and Times of Arminius
1. Early Years
There lived in Holland a man whom they who did not know could not sufficiently esteem, whom they who did not esteem had never sufficiently known. These words, with which Carl Bangs chose to end a chapter in his magisterial biography of Arminius,1 come near the end of the “Funeral Oration” by Arminius’ lifelong...
2. Student Years,1576–1587
Arminius’ student years stretch over more than a decade, and they include several universities in different European cities: Leiden, Geneva and Basel, and Padua (Italy). As we shall see, he was in Geneva on two separate occasions, with a university matriculation between in Basel.1 Leiden was...
3. Amsterdam Pastor (1587–1603) and the “First Arminian Controversy”
When Arminius went to Amsterdam, what kind of church did he pastor? Well, of course, it was Reformed theologically, but what did “Reformed” mean in Holland in 1587? The United Netherlands was a small country, but we will inquire whether theological inclinations were rather different...
4. The Leiden Years: A Prelude to the Declaration
The foregoing chapters of this focused theological biography trace to a large extent the conflicts in which Arminius was embroiled. That will also be the case in this chapter describing the years immediately prior to Arminius’ appearance before the States of Holland at The Hague in 1608. One should...
II. Declaration of Sentiments
1. A Personal History
To my Supreme Governors, the Noble Lords of the States of Holland and West Friesland: After the Conference with Gomarus6 convened at your command here in The Hague in the presence of four Ministers of the Gospel,7 under the oversight of the Counselors of the Supreme Court, the results of that gathering were reported...
2. The Theological Declaration
Noble Lords, having refuted those objections made previously against me, I now present my case.43 Because my appearance is in obedience to your request, second only to God to whom utmost obligation is due, I am confident that no prejudice against...
3. The Call for a National Synod
In addition, I have a few annotations on the Confession of the Dutch Churches and the Heidelberg Catechism, but these are more appropriately handled in a synod, which we hope will convene soon with your noble consent, if not...
III. A Theological Postscript
5. The Evangelical, Practical Theology of Jacob Arminius
Arminius was in almost every way a product of his theological era, especially in method—long, drawn out close reasoning characterized by syllogistic logic. Attempts by earlier Arminian defenders to cast him as a “biblical theologian...
There lived in Holland a man whom they who did not know could not sufficiently esteem, whom they who did not esteem had never sufficiently known. So, let us presume that we do not know the identity of this unusual person as we review what we have learned. We have a description of his life, career, and teachings—and a rather detailed one at that. He was born into a violent world...
Index of subjects and Names
Page Count: 225
Publication Year: 2012
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