Theological fissures in 17th-century Europe (Arminianism; English Puritanism)

Moving our church history series at last into the 17th century, we note that theological conflicts, divisions, and fissures continued to characterize the Chrsitian enterprise in Europe during this century -- not only the longstanding large-scale conflict between Protestants and Catholics, but also internal divisions driven by new or developing theological perspectives. This afternoon we illustrate this dynamic by exploring two such Protestant conflicts: 1) the Arminian controversy within the Reformed church, leading ultimately to the Synod of Dort, and 2) the contentious relationship between Puritans and the English crown throughout the 17th century.