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Calvinism

This term comes out of the seventeenth century, largely in opposition to the teachings of Arminius* condemned by the [[Synod of Dort]]* in 1618. It had been used by Roman Catholics sometimes in the sixteenth century, but always in a pejorative sense. It is therefore a term that has been used in many different ways over the past three centuries, coming to have many different meanings, both good and bad. Consequently, one must understand its true meaning if one is to employ it properly.