This article is about a theological
philosophy. For the unrelated national
and ethnic group, see Armenians.
"Arminism" redirects here and should
not be confused for the similarly named
& entirely unrelated theological ideology
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The Five Articles of Remonstrance
Arminianism is a school of soteriological
thought within Protestant Christianity based
on the theological ideas of the Dutch Re-
(1560-1609) and his historic followers, the
Remonstrants. The doctrines’ acceptance
stretches through much of mainstream Chris-
tianity, including evangelical Protestantism.
Arminianism holds to the following tenets:
• Humans are naturally unable to make any
effort towards salvation (see also
• Salvation is possible only by God’s grace,
which cannot be merited.
• No works of human effort can cause or
contribute to salvation.
• God’s election is conditional on faith in the
sacrifice and Lordship of Jesus Christ.
• Christ’s atonement was made on behalf of
• God allows his grace to be resisted by
those who freely reject Christ.
• Salvation can be lost, as continued
salvation is conditional upon continued
Arminianism is most accurately used to
define those who affirm the original beliefs of
Jacobus Arminius himself, but the term can
also be understood as an umbrella for a lar-
ger grouping of ideas including those of
Hugo Grotius, John and Charles Wesley, and
others. There are two primary perspectives
on how the system is applied in detail: Clas-
sical Arminianism, which sees Arminius as its
and Wesleyan Arminianism,
which sees John Wesley as its figurehead.
Wesleyan Arminianism is sometimes syn-
onymous with Methodism.