Beyond Dordt and De Auxiliis

The Dynamics of Protestant and Catholic Soteriology in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Beyond Dordt and ‘De Auxiliis’ explores post-Reformation inter-confessional theological exchange on soteriological topics including predestination, grace, and free choice. These doctrines remained controversial within confessional traditions after the Reformation, as Dominicans and Jesuits and later Calvinists and Arminians argued about these critical issues in the Augustinian theological heritage. Some of those involved in condemning Arminianism at the Synod of Dordt (1618-1619) were inspired by Dominican followers of Thomas Aquinas in Spain who had recently opposed the vigorous defense of free choice by Jesuit Molinists in the Congregatio de auxiliis (1598-1607). This volume, appearing on the 400th anniversary of the closing of the Synod of Dordt, brings together a group of scholars working in fields that only rarely speak to one another to address these theological debates that cross geographical and confessional boundaries.

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Biographical Note

Jordan J. Ballor, Dr. theol. (2012), University of Zurich, Ph.D. (2015), Calvin Theological Seminary, is senior research fellow at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty and associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research. He is the author and editor of numerous volumes, including Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism (Brill, 2013).

Matthew T. Gaetano, Ph.D. (2013), University of Pennsylvania, is associate professor of history at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan (USA). He specializes in early modern intellectual history and has published on figures including Francisco Suárez and Domingo de Soto.

David S. Sytsma, Ph.D. (2013), Princeton Theological Seminary, is associate professor at Tokyo Christian University and research curator of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research. He is the author of Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers (Oxford, 2018) and editor of Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism (Brill, 2013) and Matthew Hale - 'Of the Law of Nature' (CLP Academic, 2015).


This volume’s audience would extend beyond scholars of early-modern Europe and Western intellectual history and include readers outside the academy with interests in ecumenism, the Reformed tradition, Thomism, and soteriology. Keywords: reprobation, preterition, salvation, Thomism, Remonstrance, damnation, free will, polemic theology, theological disputations.

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