“Bona Conscientia Paradisus”
“A good conscience is paradise”—The Works of Arminius, vol. 1
It was, perhaps, on this principle that Jacobus Arminius carved a place for himself in theological history by speaking out against many of his colleagues. On this date in 1609, Jacobus Arminius died.
Arminius, born Jacobus Harmen, began life in a small Holland town in 1560, a turbulent time. By the time he was 15, his mother and siblings were killed by Spanish military aggressors as Spain attempted to quell rebellions and the Reformation.
Harmen’s first patron, Theodore Emilius, was a clergyman who led Jacobus to dedicate his life to the service of God. The custom of the day was that educated men Latinize their names or choose a suitable Latin substitute. Harmen settled on Arminius.
His studies included lectures from Lambertus Danaeus and Johann Kolmann, the latter of whom taught against high Calvinism. In 1588, Arminius began preaching in Amsterdam. Dirck Coornhert, a man who had risked his life for his country during the Reformation, printed a pamphlet disagreeing with John Calvin. The ecclesiastical senate of Amsterdam requested that Arminius defend Calvin’s theories in a response.
After deliberating over the evidence presented by the Scriptures, Arminius reached a decision—in favor of Coornhert. From that point on, he began integrating his new view of theology into his preaching and writing. His influence survived the grave, sparking Arminianism, a theology that survives to this day, exactly 403 years after his death.
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