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Arminius and His Declaration of Sentiments
An Annotated Translation with Introduction and Theological Commentary
With this first direct translation of Arminius' Declaration of Sentiments into English from the original Dutch, Stephen Gunter weaves expert translation with valuable notes and theological commentary. Gunter's introduction situates this overlooked but critically important work within its rich historical context and includes a clear, illuminating discussion of the debate over predestination. What emerges is an enlightening portrait of Arminius that challenges modern misconceptions about one of the most significant sixteenth-century theologians.
Part I - The Life and Times of Arminius
1. Early Years
2. Student Years, 1576-1587
3. Amsterdam Pastor (1587-1603) and the "First Arminian Controversy"
4. The Leiden Years: A Prelude to the Declaration
Part II - Declaration of Sentiments
ß1 A Personal History
ß2 The Theological Declaration
ß3 The Call for a National Synod
Part III - A Theological Postscript
5. The Evangelical, Practical Theology of Jacob Arminius
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects and Names
"An enlightening portrait of Arminius that challenges modern misconceptions about one of the most significant sixteenthcentury theologians."
—Theological Book Review
"The theological depth of Arminius' response to the restrictive dogmatism of some early 17th-century Calvinists has inspired others to conceptions that often range far from Arminius' own ideas. Stephen Gunter's careful translation of the Declaration of Sentiments once again places Arminius in the midst of contemporary theological discussion. Not merely an antiquarian artifact, Arminius' Declaration of Sentiments can once again contribute its inspiration to new conceptions."
"Gunter's book makes a significant contribution to the resurgence of scholarship on Jacob Arminius. No longer having to rely on an archaic translation of a translation, English readers are now one step closer to the historical Arminius with this definitive translation of and commentary on his most important treatise."
—Keith Stanglin, Associate Professor, Austin Graduate School of Theology
W. Stephen Gunter is Associate Dean for Methodist Studies and Research Professor of Evangelism and Wesleyan Studies at Duke Divinity School. He is author, co-author, or editor of six books, including most recently Considering the Great Commission: Evangelism and Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit; John Wesley and The Netherlands; and The Quotable Mr. Wesley. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
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