The Missing Public Disputations of Jacobus Arminius

Introduction, Text, and Notes

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Jacobus Arminius (1559-1609) composed 61 public disputations during his brief tenure as professor of theology at Leiden University, 36 of which have never before been collected and published, and have been neglected by scholars for four centuries. This critical edition supplements the works of Arminius by presenting these texts in the original Latin, complete with notes and summaries in English. The texts are preceded by a helpful introduction to the genre of theological disputations. In addition, the question of disputation authorship is treated exhaustively for the first time, demonstrating Arminius's primary authorship of these documents.
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Biographical Note

Keith D. Stanglin, Ph.D. (2006) in Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary, is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Harding University. He has published Arminius on the Assurance of Salvation (Brill, 2007), and co-edited Arminius, Arminianism, and Europe (Brill, 2009).

Review Quotes

“This edition makes a very welcome contribution to our understanding of Arminius. It enables his thinking on controversial subjects to be placed in the context of his wider theology, and it reminds us once again that Arminius must be considered an integral part of the developing Reformed tradition.”
Stephen Hampton, University of Cambridge. In: Church History and Religious Culture, Vol. 92, No. 1 (2012), pp. 152-153.

“It is particularly valuable that this edition includes thirty-six of the disputations that have never before been published, and have not been considered in research on Arminius, his theology and his influence.”
Herman Selderhuis, Theological University Apeldoorn. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 63, No. 3 (July 2012), p 622.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION

PART I

PROLEGOMENA TO THE DISPUTATIONS OF ARMINIUS

CHAPTER ONE: AN INTRODUCTION TO EARLY MODERN THEOLOGICAL DISPUTATIONS: THE CASE OF JACOBUS ARMINIUS
I. General Background
II. Types
A. Public Disputations for a Degree
B. Public Practice Disputations
C. Private Disputations
III. Content
IV. Publication History
V. Neglect
VI. Importance

CHAPTER TWO: AUTHORSHIP OF THE DISPUTATIONS
I. A Typology of Positions
II. Evidence
A. Evidence in Favor of Professorial Authorship
A.1. First-hand Claims of Authorship
A.2. Professorial Defense of Theses
A.3. Comparison with Other Writings
A.4. Judgment of Contemporaries
B. Potential Challenges to Professorial Authorship
B.1. Primary Arguments
B.2. Recent Arguments
III. Conclusions

CHAPTER THREE: SUMMARIES OF 36 DISPUTATIONS
I. Order
II. Summaries
A. Holy Scripture
B. God and Angels
C. Creation and Fall of Humanity
D. Restoration of Humanity and Law and Gospel
E. Christology
F. Faith and Justification
G. Good Works
H. Glorification
I. Ecclesiology
J. Sacraments
K. Controversial

PART II

DISPUTATIONES PUBLICAE XXVI-LXI

Editorial Remarks

DISPUTATIO XXVI: DE SACRA SCRIPTURA

DISPUTATIO XXVII: DE VERBO DEI SCRIPTO

DISPUTATIO XXVIII: DE ESSENTIA DEI ET ATTRIBUTIS PRIMI GENERIS

DISPUTATIO XXIX: DE ANGELIS

DISPUTATIO XXX: DE CREATIONE HOMINIS AD IMAGINEM DEI

DISPUTATIO XXXI: DE LAPSU PRIMI HOMINIS

DISPUTATIO XXXII: DE PECCATO ORIGINALI

DISPUTATIO XXXIII: DE IMAGINIS DEI IN NOBIS RESTITUTIONE

DISPUTATIO XXXIV: DE LEGIS ET EVANGELII COMPARATIONE

DISPUTATIO XXXV: DE HUMANA CHRISTI NATURA

DISPUTATIO XXXVI: DE PERPESSIONIBUS CHRISTI

DISPUTATIO XXXVII: DE EXALTATIONE CHRISTI

DISPUTATIO XXXVIII: DE FIDE

DISPUTATIO XXXIX: DE FIDE

DISPUTATIO XL: DE IUSTIFICATIONE

DISPUTATIO XLI: DE INDULGENTIIS ET PURGATORIO

DISPUTATIO XLII: DE BONIS OPERIBUS

DISPUTATIO XLIII: DE BONIS OPERIBUS

DISPUTATIO XLIV: DE OPERIBUS SECUNDAE TABULAE

DISPUTATIO XLV: DE INVOCATIONE SANCTORUM

DISPUTATIO XLVI: DE RESURRECTIONE CARNIS ET VITA AETERNA

DISPUTATIO XLVII: DE ECCLESIA

DISPUTATIO XLVIII: DE ECCLESIA CATHOLICA EIUSQUE PARTIBUS

DISPUTATIO XLIX: DE VISIBILIS ECCLESIAE NOTIS

DISPUTATIO L: DE NOTIS ECCLESIAE

DISPUTATIO LI: DE MINISTERIIS ECCLESIASTICIS

DISPUTATIO LII: DE POTESTATE ECCLESIAE

DISPUTATIO LIII: DE DISCIPLINA ECCLESIASTICA

DISPUTATIO LIV: DE SACRIS CONCILIIS

DISPUTATIO LV: DE SACRAMENTIS

DISPUTATIO LVI: DE SACRAMENTIS

DISPUTATIO LVII: DE BAPTISMO

DISPUTATIO LVIII: DE BAPTISMO ET POEDOBAPTISMO

DISPUTATIO LIX: DE COENA DOMINI

DISPUTATIO LX: DE FALSIS QUINQUE SACRAMENTIS

DISPUTATIO LXI: CONTRA ANABAPTISTAS


APPENDIX 1: TOPICS OF LEIDEN THEOLOGY: FIVE CYCLES OF DISPUTATIONS, 1597–1609

WORKS CITED

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Readership

All those interested in early modern theology and disputations, as well as anyone interested in the historical and current debates between Arminianism and Calvinism.