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The Synod of Dort: The Formulation of the Five Points of Calvinism

Many describe Calvinism with the acronym T.U.L.I.P.. While there is revelance to the acronym, Calvinism encompasses more than many people suppose. T.U.L.I.P. is a description of the soteriological perspective of Calvinism and to equate the acronym and Calvinism limits Calvinism. Calvinistic theology encompasses much more than soteriology: it represents a comprehensive world and life view. The so-called five points of Calvinism actually developed after the death of Calvin. They resulted from the Synod of Dort. The Synod assembled to rule on Arminianism which originated in the Netherlands. The doctrines advanced by the Arminians were: limited depravity, conditional election, unlimited atonement, and resistible grace. The Synod of Dart formulated five points to counter the Arminian doctrines. They are: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints. In doing this, the Synod formulated the Scriptural teaching of predestination in conformity with what Calvin taught.