It’s the Friday Files, SEA’s regular dig though our archives, ’cause you might not be aware what’s in there. SEA members’ names are in blue, and just to remind you—the views expressed in any articles and links aren’t always those of SEA.
So last time we provided some background on Jacobus Arminius, and this time it’s time to look at what the man wrote.
James Nichols, W.R. Bagnall, editors, The Works of James Arminius. Known as “the London Edition,” this is considered the definitive English-language collection of Arminius’s writings… at least till someone new gets around to translating him into 21st-century English. And since it was published in the 1800s, it’s in the public domain, so it’s free… most of the time. Buy the print editions and software modules through your favorite bookseller, but I figured I’d connect you to the free stuff.
- Available at The Wesley Center Online.
- Available at Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Also available in ePub, Kindle format, and PDF.
- Available at Google Books; the London Edition, volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3. Grayscale page scans, but also available in scan-to-text versions.
- Available at Internet Archive; the London Edition, volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3. Color page scans, but also available in scan-to-text versions.
- Available at Bible Explore.com.
John D. Wagner, editor, Arminius Speaks: Essential Writings on Predestination, Free Will, and the Nature of God. This one’s not free, but I had to include it. If you wanna browse Arminius topically, Wagner pre-sorted him for you.
Stands to reason the Society of Evangelical Arminians would’ve posted numerous excerpts from Arminius’s writings. Because unlike many of our critics, we like to confirm our claims of what he taught, by looking to the source material.
We have a lot of articles entitled “Arminius on…” which contain Arminius quotes but are primarily someone’s analysis of what Arminian believed. Which are good pieces; I’m not knocking them. But today I’m only gonna focus on the posts where it’s just Arminius himself, full text, with minimal comment from the person who posted it.
His commentaries on the scriptures:
- “Analysis of the Ninth Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans.” [PDF]
- “Arminius on Romans 7:14.”
- On Acts 2:2 and 4:28.
From his Private Disputations:
- “On the Manner in Which Theology Must Be Taught.”
- “On Blessedness, the End of Theology.”
- “On the Rule of Religion, the Word of God, and the Scriptures in Particular.”
- “On Actual Sins.”
- “The Justification of Man before God.”
- “On the Decrees of God Concerning Salvation of Sinful Men, According to His Own Sense.”
- “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 Passions in Rational Creatures.”
- “On the Regal Office of Christ.”
- “On the Repentance by Which Men Answer to the Divine Vocation.”
- “On the Head and the Marks of the Church.”
And other articles.
- Nine Questions for the Synod of Dort.
- “A Declaration on the Sentiments of Arminius.” [PDF]
- “Arminius and Junius Show Us How to Debate.” From a letter to Francis Junius.
- On the Atonement.
- On Certainty vs. Necessity.
- On the Decree of God.
- On Divine Providence.
- On Faith.
- On the Gift of Salvation.
- On God Considered According to His Nature.
- On God, Considered According to the Relation Between the Persons in the Trinity.
- On Justification.
- On Our Election Being in Christ.
- On Pelagius.
- On the Predestination of Believers.
- On Predestination to Salvation, and on Damnation Considered in the Highest Degree.
- “On the Understanding of God.” What God knows.
- On the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- On the Use of the Moral Law.
- On What the First Sin Produced.
- “Why Unconditional Predestination Hurts Salvation.”
Want even more to read? Check out everything else we’ve tagged “Arminius.”