The Origins of TULIP – An Acrostic of Defense

The Origins of TULIP – An Acrostic of Defense

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The five points of Calvinism (sometimes referred to by the acrostic/mnemonic TULIP) came about as a response to the Remonstrants. The Remonstrants were the followers of Jacob Arminius who, one year after his death, gathered in 1610 to articulate five theological points with the sole purpose of separating their beliefs from the doctrines commonly held in the Reformed churches at that time. Jacob Arminius actually held pastoral positions in Reformed churches until his death in 1609. Arminius was vocal in his disagreement with the doctrines of the Reformed churches, specifically in regards to predestination. He fought for the revision of the Dutch Confession and Heidelberg Catechism.

In order to respond to the Remonstrants’ five points and settle this controversy, the Synod of Dort was held from 1618-1619. What came out of these meetings were the Canons of Dort, which included individual responses to the 5 points. It was at this point that the so-called battle between Calvinism and Arminianism began.

It’s important to note and clarify here, the five points of Calvinism were not originally meant to be a full summary of Calvinism, but merely specific responses to specific points of Arminianism. Also, the five responses to the Remonstrants was not organized into the acrostic TULIP until the early 20th century (obviously, as the original discussion was not in english.)

Check out Episode 11, where we discuss the 5 Solas of the Reformation and the Doctrines of Grace (TULIP)!

Dustin Ranem
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