a general term embracing the teachings of Jacobus ARMINIUS. The THEOLOGICAL views of Arminius and his followers were summed up in five points which were designed to counter the prevailing CALVINIST ORTHODOXY of his day.
   They are
   1) GOD from all ETERNITY predestined to ETERNAL LIFE those of whom He foresaw would remain steadfast in FAITH to their end;
   2) CHRIST died for all mankind, not only the elect;
   3) through free will Man cooperates in his CONVERSION;
   4) humans may RESIST divine GRACE;
   5) humans may FALL from divine grace.
   At the SYNOD OF DORT the Arminian teachings were condemned as heretical by orthodox CALVINISTS. Today, Arminianism is the major theological force among North American EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.

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