- Canons of Dort
The Canons of Dort, or Canons of Dordrecht, formally titled "The Decision of the
Synod of Dorton the Five Main Points of Doctrinein Dispute in the Netherlands", is the judgment of the National Synod held in the Dutch city of Dordrechtin 1618/ 19. At the time, Dordrecht was often referred to in English as "Dort".
Today, the Canons of Dort form part of the
Three Forms of Unity, one of the confessional standards of many of the Reformed churchesaround the world, including the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, and North America. Their continued use as a standard still forms an unbridgable problem preventing close cooperation between the followers of Jacob Arminius, the Remonstrants, and Dutch Reformed Churches.
These canons are in actuality a judicial decision on the doctrinal points in dispute from the Arminian controversy of that day. Following the death of Arminius (1560-1609), his followers set forth a Remonstrance (published in 1610) in five articles formulating their points of departure from the stricter Calvinism of the
Belgic Confession. The Canons are the judgment of the Synod against this Remonstrance. Regardless, Arminian theology later received official acceptance by the State and has since continued in various forms within Protestantism.
The Canons were not intended to be a comprehensive explanation of Reformed doctrine, but only an exposition on the five points of doctrine in dispute. These Canons set forth what is often referred to as the
Five Points of Calvinism.
* [http://www.start.urclearning.org/2006/07/03/the-canons-of-dortdrecht/ English Translation of the Canons of Dort]
* [http://www.start.urclearning.org/2006/07/03/canons-of-dortdrecht-spanish/ Spanish Translation of the Canons of Dort]
* [http://www.canrc.org/resources/bop/candort/ Canons of Dort]
* [http://www.start.urclearning.org/creeds-and-confessions-audio Audio Recording of the Canons of Dort (mp3)]
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