Jan de Koning

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Conference Proceeding

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This paper discusses the negative impact mathematical methods in theology can have on the church by looking specifically at Arminius and Voetius, Dutch theologians living in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Both Arminius and Voetius used mathematical methodology, although they came to different conclusions. I think their differences were due to their different worldviews, which in turn were fundamentally influenced by their upbringing. Both theologians, however, made the same mistake with their methodology and the church split because of that mistake.


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