Conradus Vorstius


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Konrad von der Vorst, Arminian theologian. In 1610 he accepted an invitation to succeed J. Arminius at Leiden. In the same year he issued an expanded edition of a work originally published in 1606, Tractatus Theologicus de Deo; this attracted attention because of its rationalist tendencies. Strict Calvinists led by F. Gomar pronounced it heretical and James I instructed the British ambassador at The Hague to oppose Vorstius's appointment. Vorstius had to retire from Leiden in 1612. He increased suspicion by translating certain works of F. Socinus; at the Synod of Dort (1618–19) he was condemned as a heretic and banished from the territory of the States-General.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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