Socinianism and Arminianism

Antitrinitarians, Calvinists and Cultural Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Europe


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Socinianism has often been studied in national contexts and apart from other currents like Arminianism. This volume is especially interested in the “in-betweens”: the relationship of Anti-trinitarianism to “liberal” currents in reformed Protestantism, namely Dutch Remonstrants, English Latitudinarians and some French Huguenots. This in-between also has a local aspect: the volume studies the transformations that Anti-trinitarianism experienced in the complicated transition from its origins in Italy and its refuge in Poland, Moravia and Transsylvania to Prussia, to the Netherlands and later to England. What effects did this transfer have on the dynamics of pluralization in the progressive Netherlands? How did the Socinians overcome social adaptation from a group of exiles to a diffuse movement of modernization? How did they manage to connect within the new milieu of Arminians, Cartesians, Spinozists and Lockeans?

Contributors include: Hans W. Blom, Roberto Bordoli, Douglas Hedley, Sarah Hutton, Didier Kahn, Dietrich Klein, Florian Mühlegger, Martin Mulsow, Jan Rohls, Luisa Simonutti, and Stephen David Snobelen.

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Martin Mulsow, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, Universität München, is Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He has published extensively on intellectual history from Renaissance to Enlightenment including Moderne aus dem Untergrund (2002) and Secret Conversions to Judaism in Early Modern Europe (ed. with Richard Popkin, Brill, 2004).

Jan Rohls, Ph.D. (1978) in Theology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Munich. He has published standard works on the history of Reformed and modern Protestant theology, the history of ethics and philosophy. His latest publication is Philosophie und Theologie in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Siebeck Mohr, 2003).

1. Calvinism, Arminianism and Socinianism in the Netherlands until the Synod of Dort, Jan Rohls
2. The ‘New Socinians’: Intertextuality and Cultural Exchange in Late Socinianism, Martin Mulsow

3. Between Alchemy and Antitrinitarianism: Nicolas Barnaud (ca. 1539–1604?), Didier Kahn

4. Pluralization and Authority in Grotius’ Early Works, Florian Mühlegger
5. Grotius and Socinianism, Hans W. Blom
6. Hugo Grotius’ Position on Islam as Described in De veritate religionis Christianae, Liber VI, Dietrich Klein

7. The Socinian Objections: Hans Ludwig Wolzogen and Descartes, Roberto Bordoli
8. Resistance, Obedience and Toleration: Przypkowski and Limborch, Luisa Simonutti

9. Platonism and the Trinity: Anne Conway, Henry More and Christoph Sand, Sarah Hutton
10. Persons of Substance and the Cambridge Connection: Some Roots and Ramifications of the Trinitarian Controversy in Seventeenth-Century England, Douglas Hedley
11. Isaac Newton, Socinianism and “the One Supreme God”, Stephen David Snobelen

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All those interested in intellectual history, church history, history of theology, cultural history of early modern Europe.
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