Brief Bio-Sketch of Jacobus Arminius
(1559 ~ 1609)
In my last post, we concluded our initial exploration of Calvinistic Theology. In this post, we now turn to explore Arminius’ influence on the Reformation and society in the sixteenth century and beyond.
As was true with Calvin, Arminius was a product of the Protestant Reformation albeit born fifty years after Calvin. He was a Dutch theologian and founder of an anti-Calvinist Reformed theology.
Arminius was born in 1559 in the Netherlands during the Spanish occupation. His father, an armorer or smith, died around the time of the boy’s birth, so Arminius was educated under the direction and at the expense of family friends who recognized his abilities as a student. He had just entered Marburg University (Germany) when news came of the infamous Oudewater massacre by the Spanish. Arminius returned home to learn that his mother and several of…
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