It is strange that Arminius, who was accused of unorthodoxy by the strict Calvinists, was asked to attack the Mennonites. The Reformed Synod of North Holland had decided in 1599 that "the arguments of the Anabaptists should be collected in a book and refuted on the basis of Scripture for the instruction of the weak." The synod in South Holland of that year expressed the same wish. Arminius took the task upon himself. Reports on the progress of the book were made at the synod year by year. In 1601 he said he was very busy gathering the "voornaemste stucken" (principal articles). In 1602 he reported that the multiplicity of articles had slowed down the work. In the ensuing years Arminius continued to report that he was busy. In 1605 he asked to be relieved of the task, partly on the ground that he was suspected by some (Gomarists) of unsoundness on several points, and wished to be cleared. The work made no progress, and in 1608 the synod decided once more to urge Arminius to undertake it. He died in the following year. Soon his followers accepted the Mennonite confession of Hans de Ries.
See also Arminianism
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1910): 28-32.
|Author(s)||Nanne van der Zijpp|
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