- the doctrinal teachings of Jacobus Arminius or his followers, especially the doctrine that Christ died for all people and not only for the elect.Compare Calvinism(def 1).
Origin of Arminianism
Examples from the Web for arminian
He has an excellent humour for an heretick, and in these days made the first Arminian.Microcosmography
Arminian and Socinian were at peace if science was the theme.The Bibliotaph
Leon H. Vincent
A soldier said he would get a gimlet and bore a hole into the Arminian.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.
John Lothrop Motley
We have spoken casually of the Calvinistic and Arminian creeds.
Their place had been taken by the ungodly, the Arminian and the idol-worshipper.Colonel Thomas Blood
Wilbur Cortez Abbott
- denoting, relating to, or believing in the Christian Protestant doctrines of Jacobus Arminius, published in 1610, which rejected absolute predestination and insisted that the sovereignty of God is compatible with free will in man. These doctrines deeply influenced Wesleyan and Methodist theology
- a follower of such doctrines
Word Origin and History for arminian
1610s, from Arminius, Latinized form of the name of James Harmensen (1560-1609), Dutch Protestant theologian who opposed Calvin, especially on the question of predestination. His ideas were denounced at the Synod of Dort, but nonetheless spread in the Reformed churches.