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Principal Articles of the Christian Religion

By Jacobus Arminius


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   1 - On Theology - The Private Disputations Of James Arminius, D.D. On The Principal Articles Of The Christian Religion. Commenced By The Author Chiefly For The Purpose ...read
   2 - How to Teach Theology - DISPUTATION II ON THE MANNER IN WHICH THEOLOGY MUST BE TAUGHT It has long been a maxim with those philosophers who are the masters of method and or ...read
   3 - On Blessedness, The End of Theology - DISPUTATION III ON BLESSEDNESS, THE END OF THEOLOGY The end of theology is the blessedness of man; and that, not animal or natural, but spiritual a ...read
   4 - On Religion - DISPUTATION IV ON RELIGION Omitting all dispute about the question, "whether it be possible for God to render man happy by a union with himself wit ...read
   5 - Rule of Religion: The Word of God - DISPUTATION V ON THE RULE OF RELIGION, THE WORD OF GOD, AND THE SCRIPTURES IN PARTICULAR As religion is the duty of man towards God, it is necessar ...read
   6 - Authority & Certainty of the Holy Scriptures - DISPUTATION VI ON THE AUTHORITY AND CERTAINTY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES The authority of the word of God, which is comprised in the Scriptures of the ...read
   7 - The Perfection of the Scriptures - DISPUTATION VII ON THE PERFECTION OF THE SCRIPTURES We denominate that which comprehends all things necessary for the church to know, to believe, t ...read
   8 - The Perspicuity of the Scriptures - DISPUTATION VIII ON THE PERSPICUITY OF THE SCRIPTURES I. The perspicuity of the Scriptures is a quality agreeing with them as with a sign, accordin ...read
   9 - The Interpretation of the Holy Scriptures - DISPUTATION IX ON THE MEANINGS AND INTERPRETATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES The legitimate and genuine sense of the holy Scriptures is, that which the ...read
   10 - The Efficacy of the Scriptures - DISPUTATION X ON THE EFFICACY OF THE SCRIPTURES When we treat on the force and efficacy of the word of God, whether spoken or written, we always ap ...read
   11 - On Religion in a Stricter Sense - DISPUTATION XI ON RELIGION IN A STRICTER SENSE We have treated on religion generally, and on its principles as they are comprehended in the scriptu ...read
   12 - The Christian Religion, Its Name and Relation - DISPUTATION XII ON THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, ITS NAME AND RELATION Beginning now to treat further on the Christian religion, we will first declare wh ...read
   13 - The Christian Religion in General - DISPUTATION XIII ON THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, WITH REGARD TO THE MATTER GENERALLY Since God is the object of all religion, in its various modificatio ...read
   14 - The Object of Christianity: God - DISPUTATION XIV ON THE OBJECT OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION: AND, FIRST, ABOUT GOD, ITS PRIMARY OBJECT, AND WHAT GOD IS I. The object of the Christian ...read
   15 - The Nature of God - DISPUTATION XV ON THE NATURE OF GOD Concerning God, the primary object of theology, two things must be known, (1.) His nature, or what God is, or r ...read
   16 - The Life of God - DISPUTATION XVI ON THE LIFE OF GOD I. Life is that which comes under our consideration, in the second impulse of the divine nature; and that it bel ...read
   17 - On the Understanding of God - DISPUTATION XVII ON THE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD I. The understanding of God is that faculty of his life which is first in nature and order, and by whi ...read
   18 - The Will of God - DISPUTATION XVIII ON THE WILL OF GOD The will of God is spoken of in three ways: First, the faculty itself of willing. Secondly, the act of willing ...read
   19 - Various Distinctions of the Will of God - DISPUTATION XIX ON THE VARIOUS DISTINCTIONS OF THE WILL OF GOD Though the will of God be one and simple, yet it may be variously distinguished, fro ...read
   20 - God's Attributes: From the Viewpoint of His Will - DISPUTATION XX ON THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD WHICH COME TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER HIS WILL AND, FIRST, ON THOSE WHICH HAVE AN ANALOGY TO THE AFFECTIONS OR PA ...read
   21 - God's Attributes: Relating to Moral Virtues - DISPUTATION XXI ON THOSE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD WHICH HAVE SOME ANALOGY TO THE MORAL VIRTUES, AND WHICH ACT LIKE MODERATORS OF THE AFFECTIONS, CONSIDERED ...read
   22 - On the Power or Capability of God - DISPUTATION XXII ON THE POWER OR CAPABILITY OF GOD I. When entering on the consideration of the power or capability of God, as we deny the passive ...read
   23 - The Perfection, Blessedness & Glory of God - DISPUTATION XXIII ON THE PERFECTION, BLESSEDNESS AND GLORY OF GOD Next in order, follows the perfection of God, resulting from the simple and infin ...read
   24 - Creation - DISPUTATION XXIV ON CREATION We have treated on God, who is the first object of the Christian religion. And we would now treat on Christ, who, next ...read
   25 - Angels in General and in Particular - DISPUTATION XXV ON ANGELS IN GENERAL AND IN PARTICULAR Angels are substances merely spiritual, created after the image of God, not only that they m ...read
   26 - The Creation of Man After the Image of God - DISPUTATION XXVI ON THE CREATION OF MAN AFTER THE IMAGE OF GOD Man is a creature of God; consisting of a body and a soul, rational, good, and creat ...read
   27 - The Lordship or Dominion of God - DISPUTATION XXVII ON THE LORDSHIP OR DOMINION OF GOD Through creation, dominion over all things which have been created by himself, belongs to the ...read
   28 - The Providence of God - DISPUTATION XXVIII ON THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD Not only does the very nature of God, and of things themselves, but likewise the Scriptures and experie ...read
   29 - The First Covenant Between God & Man - DISPUTATION XXIX ON THE COVENANT INTO WHICH GOD ENTERED WITH OUR FIRST PARENTS Though, according to His right and power over man, whom he had creat ...read
   30 - Manner of Our 1st Parents in the 1st Covenant - DISPUTATION XXX THE MANNER IN WHICH MAN CONDUCTED HIMSELF FOR FULFILLING THE FIRST COVENANT, OR ON THE SIN OF OUR FIRST PARENTS When God had entere ...read
   31 - On the Effects of the Sin of Our First Parents - DISPUTATION XXXI ON THE EFFECTS OF THE SIN OF OUR FIRST PARENTS The first and immediate effect of the sin which Adam and Eve committed in eating of ...read
   32 - On the Necessity of the Christian Religion - DISPUTATION XXXII ON THE NECESSITY OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION Without religion, man can have no union with God; and without the command and institut ...read
   33 - On the Restoration of Man - DISPUTATION XXXIII ON THE RESTORATION OF MAN Since God is the object of the Christian religion, not only as the Creator, but also and properly as t ...read
   34 - On the Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ - DISPUTATION XXXIV ON THE PERSON OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST Because our Lord Jesus Christ is the secondary object of the Christian religion, we must f ...read
   35 - On the Priestly Office of Christ - DISPUTATION XXXV ON THE PRIESTLY OFFICE OF CHRIST Though the person of Christ is, on account of its excellence, most worthy to be honoured and wors ...read
   36 - On the Prophetical Office of Christ - DISPUTATION XXXVI ON THE PROPHETICAL OFFICE OF CHRIST The prophetical office of Christ comes under consideration in two views -- either as he execu ...read
   37 - On the Regal Office of Christ - DISPUTATION XXXVII ON THE REGAL OFFICE OF CHRIST As Christ, when consecrated by his sufferings, was made the author of salvation to all who obey hi ...read
   38 - Christ's Humiliation & Exaltation - DISPUTATION XXXVIII ON THE STATES OF CHRIST'S HUMILIATION AND EXALTATION Respecting the imposition and the execution of the offices which belong to ...read
   39 - God the Father & Christ's Will, & Command - DISPUTATION XXXIX ON THE WILL, AND COMMAND OF GOD THE FATHER AND OF CHRIST, BY WHICH THEY WILL AND COMMAND THAT RELIGION BE PERFORMED TO THEM BY SINF ...read
   40 - The Predestination of Believers - DISPUTATION XL ON THE PREDESTINATION OF BELIEVERS As we have hitherto treated on the object of the Christian religion, that is, on Christ and God, ...read
   41 - The Predestination of the Means to the End - DISPUTATION XLI ON THE PREDESTINATION OF THE MEANS TO THE END After we have finished our discussion on the predestination by which God has determin ...read
   42 - Relation of Sinful Men to Christ, & the Means of Salvation - DISPUTATION XLII ON THE VOCATION OF SINFUL MEN TO CHRIST, AND TO A PARTICIPATION OF SALVATION IN HIM The vocation or calling to the communion of Ch ...read
   43 - True Repentance Towards God - DISPUTATION XLIII ON THE REPENTANCE BY WHICH MEN ANSWER TO THE DIVINE VOCATION As, in the matter of salvation, it has pleased God to treat with man ...read
   44 - On Faith in God and Christ - DISPUTATION XLIV ON FAITH IN GOD AND CHRIST In the preceding disputation, we have treated on the first part of that obedience which is yielded to t ...read
   45 - On the Union of Believers With Christ - DISPUTATION XLV ON THE UNION OF BELIEVERS WITH CHRIST As Christ is constituted by the Father the saviour of those that believe, who, being exalted. ...read
   46 - The Communion of Believers With Christ Regarding His Death - DISPUTATION XLVI ON THE COMMUNION OF BELIEVERS WITH CHRIST, AND PARTICULARLY WITH HIS DEATH The union of believers with Christ tends to communion w ...read
   47 - The Communion of Believers With Christ Regarding His Life - DISPUTATION XLVII THE COMMUNION OF BELIEVERS WITH CHRIST IN REGARD TO HIS LIFE Communion with the life of Christ is that by which, being engrafted ...read
   48 - Justification - DISPUTATION XLVIII ON JUSTIFICATION The spiritual benefits which believers enjoy in the present life, from their union with Christ through communio ...read
   49 - The Sanctification of Man - DISPUTATION XLIX ON THE SANCTIFICATION OF MAN The word "sanctification" denotes an act, by which any thing is separated from common use, and is con ...read
   50 - The Church of God and of Christ - DISPUTATION L ON THE CHURCH OF GOD AND OF CHRIST: OR ON THE CHURCH IN GENERAL AFTER THE FALL As, through faith, which is the first part of our duty ...read
   51 - The Church of the Old Testament - DISPUTATION LI ON THE CHURCH OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, OR UNDER THE PROMISE As Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and ever -- as he is the chi ...read
   52 - The Church of the New Testament - DISPUTATION LII ON THE CHURCH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, OR UNDER THE GOSPEL The Church of the New Testament is that which, from the time when that Test ...read
   53 - The Head and the Marks of the Church - DISPUTATION LIII ON THE HEAD AND THE MARKS OF THE CHURCH Though the head and the body be of one nature, and though, according to nature, they prope ...read
   54 - The Catholic Church, Her Parts and Relations - DISPUTATION LIV ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, HER PARTS AND RELATIONS The catholic church is the company of all believers, called out from every language ...read
   55 - The Power of the Church in Delivering Doctrines - DISPUTATION LV ON THE POWER OF THE CHURCH IN DELIVERING DOCTRINES The power of the church may be variously considered, according to various objects ...read
   56 - The Power of the Church in Enacting Laws - DISPUTATION LVI ON THE POWER OF THE CHURCH IN ENACTING LAWS The laws which may be prescribed to the church, or which may be considered as having be ...read
   57 - The Power of the Church in Administering Justice - DISPUTATION LVII ON THE POWER OF THE CHURCH IN ADMINISTERING JUSTICE, OR ON ECCLESIASTICAL DISCIPLINE As no society, however rightly constituted an ...read
   58 - On Councils - DISPUTATION LVIII ON COUNCILS An ecclesiastical council is an assembly of men gathered together in the name of God, consulting and defining or sett ...read
   59 - The Ecclesiastical Ministrations of the New Testament - DISPUTATION LIX ON THE ECCLESIASTICAL MINISTRATIONS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AND ON THE VOCATION TO THEM By The word "ministry," we designate a public ...read
   60 - On Sacraments in General - DISPUTATION LX ON SACRAMENTS IN GENERAL We have thus far treated on the church, her power, and the ministry of the word; it follows that we now dis ...read
   61 - The Sacraments of the Old Testament - DISPUTATION LXI ON THE SACRAMENTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE TREE OF LIFE, CIRCUMCISION, AND THE PASCHAL LAMB The tree of life was created and insti ...read
   62 - The Sacraments of the New Testament in General - DISPUTATION LXII ON THE SACRAMENTS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IN GENERAL The sacraments of the New Testament are those which have been instituted for giv ...read
   63 - On Baptism and Paedo-Baptism - DISPUTATION LXIII ON BAPTISM AND PAEDO-BAPTISM Baptism is the initial sacrament of the New Testament, by which the covenant people of God are sprin ...read
   64 - On the Lord's Supper - DISPUTATION LXIV ON THE LORD'S SUPPER As in the preceding disputation, we have treated on baptism, the sacrament of initiation, it follows that we ...read
   65 - On the Popish Mass - DISPUTATION LXV ON THE POPISH MASS Omitting the various significations of the word "Mass" which may be adduced, we consider, on this occasion, that ...read
   66 - On the Five False Sacraments - DISPUTATION LXVI ON THE FIVE FALSE SACRAMENTS As three things are necessarily required to constitute the essence of a sacrament -- that is, divine ...read
   67 - On the Worship of God in General - DISPUTATION LXVII ON THE WORSHIP OF GOD IN GENERAL The first part of our duty to God and Christ was, the true meaning concerning God and Christ, or ...read
   68 - On the Precepts of Divine Worship in General - DISPUTATION LXVIII ON THE PRECEPTS OF DIVINE WORSHIP IN GENERAL To those who are about to treat on the worship of God, the most commodious way and ...read
   69 - On Obedience, Object of All Divine Precepts - DISPUTATION LXIX ON OBEDIENCE, THE FORMAL OBJECT OF ALL THE DIVINE PRECEPTS The obedience which is the formal object of all the divine precepts, an ...read
   70 - Obedience to God's Commands in General - DISPUTATION LXX ON OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDS OF GOD IN GENERAL Because the yielding of obedience is the duty of an inferior, therefore, for the per ...read
   71 - The Material Object of the Precepts of the Law - DISPUTATION LXXI ON THE MATERIAL OBJECT OF THE PRECEPTS OF THE LAW IN GENERAL As mere obedience, considered in the abstract, is the formal object o ...read
   72 - Love, Fear, Trust, and Honor Towards God - DISPUTATION LXXII THE LOVE, FEAR, TRUST, AND honour WHICH ARE DUE FROM MAN TO GOD These general acts may be considered either in the first act or i ...read
   73 - On Particular Acts of Obedience - DISPUTATION LXXIII ON PARTICULAR ACTS OF OBEDIENCE, OR THOSE WHICH ARE PRESCRIBED IN EACH PRECEPT, OR CONCERNING THE DECALOGUE IN GENERAL The speci ...read
   74 - On the First Command in the Decalogue - DISPUTATION LXXIV ON THE FIRST COMMAND IN THE DECALOGUE The ten precepts of the decalogue are conveniently distributed into those of the first and ...read
   75 - On the Second Command in the Decalogue - DISPUTATION LXXV ON THE SECOND COMMAND IN THE DECALOGUE The second precept consists of a command and its sanction, from a description of God, who i ...read
   76 - On the Third Precept of the Decalogue - DISPUTATION LXXVI ON THE THIRD PRECEPT OF THE DECALOGUE This precept, as well as its predecessor, consists of a command, and of its sanction throug ...read
   77 - On the Fourth Command in the Decalogue - DISPUTATION LXXVII ON THE FOURTH COMMAND IN THE DECALOGUE This precept contains two parts, a command and a reason for it. But the command is first ...read
   78 - On the Fifth Command in the Decalogue - DISPUTATION LXXVIII ON THE FIFTH COMMAND IN THE DECALOGUE I. This precept is the first of the second table. It contains the precept itself, and the ...read
   79 - On the Sixth Precept - DISPUTATION LXXIX ON THE SIXTH PRECEPT Order in human society being appointed by the fifth commandment, through the mutual duties of superiors and ...read

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