Section 3, on Arminianism
and religious plurality, contains three articles dealing with Hugo Grotius (1583-1645).
On the intellectual consequences of Arminianism
for de Veno's student Gorlaeus, see Luthy, 2001a, 272-78.
blossoms in the confessional assertion that "the power to believe is the gift of God, but believing is an act of the creature.
1668-1670) Hale's religious perspective underwent a shift in the direction of Arminianism
away from the Calvinism of his youth.
For a nuanced discussion of English Arminianism
see Kendall, 141-50.
Methodist theology was as odious to many in New England as were the Methodists' emotional style and disruptive behavior, and doctrinal differences between their Arminianism
and the established Calvinism of New England (which was under attack from a variety of quarters) provided a major source of conflict.
Sharpe certainly demonstrates differences between himself and other revisionists: his demurral from the highly-influential Tyacke thesis about an innovative Arminianism
and his view of puritans as subversive rather than reactionary, for instance.
Although a strong flavor of Calvinism exists in the Baptist family, the first Baptists advocated general atonement, and Arminianism
is still a strong force among many Baptists, including some Southern Baptists.
Finney "developed in Jefferson County the bridge between the Methodists' successful Arminianism
, the extemporaneous preaching of the Baptists and Methodists, and the law-oriented theology of the Presbyterians.
If Drake is as representative of prevailing political attitudes as he is of the relationship between reading and political agency, then this study suggests that the English Revolution may be blamed more on clerical abuses and religious extremism than on the theological difference between Arminianism
and Calvinism, that Machiavelli's political thought was far more influential and pervasive in the early seventeenth century than has been believed, and that Thomas Hobbes was hardly singular in craving effective political authority.
The story of the First Baptist began in an era of intense debate over Calvinism and Arminianism
and abolition--and black and white--dialectically shaped each other throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.