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The Arminian Confession of 1621 (Princeton Theological Monograph) [Paperback]

By Mark A. Ellis (Editor)
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Pages   139
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.28" Width: 8.2" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Pickwick Publications
ISBN  1597523372  
EAN  9781597523370  

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In 1621, two years after their hopes for free and open debate were dashed at the Synod of Dort, the colleagues and students of Jacobus Arminius published the Confession or Declaration of the Pastors, which in the Belgian Federation are called the Remonstrants, on the principle articles of the Christian Religion. The first and perhaps most important of Arminian confessions, written by Simon Episcopius (Arminius' successor at the University of Leiden and leader of the Remonstrant party at Dort) and then approved at a gathering of Remonstrant pastors, provided not only a defense of the "five points" condemned at Dort, but also a succinct declaration of the entire range of their theology. This fresh, unabridged translation of the Confession, the first since 1676, together with the original Latin, allows the contemporary reader to interface directly with theology of the original Remonstrant leaders without the intervening interpretations of either their opponents or later admirers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark A. Ellis is Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament at the Seminario Teologico Batista do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He received his Th.M. in New Testament and systematic theology (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in theological studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he was choosen for the W. H. Griffith Thomas Award for Academic Excellence and the Loraine S. Chafer Award in Systematic Theology. In addition to having authored various reviews and articles, he recently translated and published The Arminian Confession of 1621 (2005).

Mark A. Ellis was born in 1958.

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A Complete English Translation  Nov 20, 2008
The famous Confession of the Remonstrant Pastors was written shortly after the Synod of Dort to make a clear statement of the Remonstrant faith and correct misrepresentations of the Remonstrants' faith published in the Acts of the Synod of Dort (published in Latin as Acta Synodi Nationalis). It truly is a sad state of affairs that an English translation of the Confession doesn't exist in the public domain and especially so considering how much material is available for other historical Christian studies. Nevertheless, Pickwick Publications has published the full Latin text of the Confession with a contemporary parallel English translation completed by Mark A. Ellis.

In addition to the parallel English translation Dr. Ellis supplies, the translator's introduction includes the benefit of Dr. Ellis' doctoral work. There Ellis paints a brief survey of the political, cultural, and theological context that led the Remonstrants (primarily Episcopius) to write the Confession. Excerpts:

"Those from an Arminian tradition may want to compare their theology with that of the early Remonstrants.... One must keep in mind, however, that the Confession does not reflect Arminius' theology alone. It also represents those who were `Arminian' before Arminius (such as Whenbogaert and older pastors), together with Episcopius' own creative impulses" (Ellis, Introduction, p. v).

"Theological and political turmoil brought the Netherlands to the brink of civil war in the years leading up [to] the synod and troubled both Episcopius and his family. Persecution to the point that on August 30, 1618, Johannes Wtenbogaert, the political leader of the Remonstrants, heeded the advice of his colleagues and fled the country. In his absence the leadership of the Remonstrants fell to Episcopius. On September 20, Episcopius received a letter from the States of Holland and West-Friesland inviting him to represent the University at the national synod. The synod began on November 17 and one of the first acts was to change Episopius' status from a representative to a subpoenaed person. The Remonstrants knew this ended thier hope for open debate and turned to other means in order to gain a hearing. Episcopius asked for permission to address the Synod and then launched into an hour and a half oration detailing the Remonstrant position and their oppression at the heands of the Calvinist Reformed. The speech was powerful and soon circulated throughout the Netherlands and beyond. The Remonstrant protest, however, was short-lived. The president of the synod expelled them for refusing to cooperate, and the synod decided to judge against them from their writings. It condemned their beliefs on April 24, 1619, civil sentences were pronounced on May 6 and on July 5 the leaders of the Remonstrants were driven into exile.

"The exiled Remonstrants eventually settled in Antrerp, where they formed the Remonstrant Brotherhood and selected Episcopius, Wtenbogaert and Nicholas Grevinchoven to form the "foreign directorship." It was during these meetings that the Remonstrants discussed their need for a confession. Many were hesitant, fearful of establishing the same type of creedalism which had resulted in their persecution and banishment. The Preface to the Confession, which the Remonstrants considered an integral part of the document, emphasized its non-binding character" (Ellis, Introduction, pp. viii-ix).

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