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38 Grotiana (n.s.) 1 (2017)

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                       GROTIANA 38 (2017) 1-27
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Acceptilatio. Hugo Grotius on Satisfaction

        Johannes Magliano- Tromp
     Leiden University


In 1617, Hugo Grotius had his treatise On satisfaction published. Explicitly directed
against Faustus Socinus's 1594 book On Jesus Christ as our Saviour, it purports to con-
tribute to the confutation of the Italian scholar's teachings, which in the Netherlands
were widely regarded as utterly heretical. The way in which he perceived Socinus,
however, was mainly determined by the image of Socinianism as disseminated by
its detractors, foremost Sibrandus Lubbertus of Franeker. Grotius did read Socinus's
work, but not with much care, and at least unaccommodatingly. The reason for Gro-
tius to intervene in this theological debate is often assumed to have been to vindicate
his and his ecclesiastical party's views on religion as orthodox, or at least far removed
from Socinianism and other heresies. In contrast, it is proposed here to take the ex-
plicit motivation in the preface at face value, and assume that Grotius wrote it to
refute Socinus on the basis of his juridical, philological, and historical errors, simply
because he could, and genuinely abhorred Socinianism as he had learned to under-
stand it.


Grotius - Socinus - Socinianism - Lubbertus - Vorstius - satisfaction - sin,
punishment and grace

( KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2017 1 DOI 10.1163/18760759-03800004

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