The Synod of Dort

Where do the five points of Calvinism come from? This resource collection introduces you to the Synod of Dort, an international gathering of seventeenth-century scholars and pastors to defend the church against the errors of Arminianism.

  • Canons and Decrees of the Synod of Dordt (1619) Article by Various

    The Judgment Concerning Divine Predestination Which the Synod Declares to Be in Agreement with the Word of God and Accepted Till Now in the Reformed Churches, Set Forth in Several Articles. View Resource

  • Interview on Saving the Reformation (Optional Session) Audio Message by W. Robert Godfrey

    In this session, Nathan W. Bingham interviews Dr. W. Robert Godfrey on his book Saving the Reformation. Questions: How did the Synod of Dort save the Reformation? (01:18) Why do so many people today lack knowledge of church history? (04:24) What can we learn from the Synod of Dort about the threat of false teaching? (07:49) How should we respond to Arminians today? (08:54) What would you encourage an Arminian to read as he or she studies these issues? (10:25) The canons are very practical, even addressing the eternal fate of children who die in infancy. Can you expand … View Resource

  • The Canons of Dordt Article by R. Scott Clark

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    Everyone knows the acronym TULIP, but not everyone knows where this acronym comes from. The Canons of Dordt are among the most famous but unread deliverances of any Reformed Synod. The canons are more than five letters. The canons teach a pastoral doctrine of grace and provide a model for the stewardship of the Gospel. The Canons (rules) of the Synod of Dordt were written after years of controversy within the Reformed churches in Europe and Britain. In the late sixteenth century the Reformed doctrines of sin, grace, faith, justification, atonement, perseverance, and assurance faced a growing resistance. At the same … View Resource

  • How Did We Get the Five Points of Calvinism? by W. Robert Godfrey

    There has been renewed interest in the five points of Calvinism among many Christians today. So where did these points come from? In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey takes us back 400 years to the Synod of Dort, which responded to the five errors of Arminianism with these biblical truths.

  • The Reason for Dort by W. Robert Godfrey

    After the Reformation, one of the greatest challenges to the Apostolic faith arose within the Dutch Reformed Church from a minister and professor named Jacobus Arminius and from his followers.

  • Five Main Points of Doctrine by Cornelis P. Venema

    The year of our Lord 2018–19 marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the meeting of the Synod of Dort in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. The synod was convened in order to settle the ongoing controversy in the Dutch churches regarding the teaching of Jacobus Arminius and his followers on the topic of election. The document produced by the synod, the Canons of Dort, affirmed five main points of doctrine in response to the errors of the Arminians.

  • The Piety of Dort by Joel R. Beeke

    Calvin, Calvinism, and, by extension, the premier Reformed confession that codifies a cogent summary of the Reformed doctrine of salvation—the Canons of Dort––are often regarded by the uninformed as cold, harsh, and sterile. Such people view ideas such as depravity, election, reprobation, and “limited” atonement as burdensome and fatalistic teachings that hinder believers from enjoying their relationship with God. Such doctrines are alleged to destroy human responsibility, promote false security, hinder evangelism and missions, and discourage good works and genuine piety.

  • The Synod of Dort by W. Robert Godfrey

    Does Calvinism have five points? Is that a silly question? No. It is a good question. And the answer may surprise. The answer is yes and no! Yes, Calvinism has five points—obviously. We have books on the five points. Tabletalk has had articles on the five points. We even talk about TULIP as a way of remembering the five points: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints.

  • The Synod of Dort by Stephen Nichols

    What happened at the Synod of Dort? Why is this a significant event in church history? Dort is short for the city in the Netherlands known as Dordrecht—a port city. This synod of the Dutch Reformed Church involved a number of Puritan delegates from Great Britain, many of whom had been ousted from their posts at Cambridge by Charles I and William Laud. So, this was a bit of an international synod at Dordrecht. The Synod was called to deal with a problem that had precipitated in the Dutch church, a problem that started back with Jacobus Arminius.

  • The 400th Anniversary of Dort by Stephen Nichols

    Interview with Dr. W. Robert Godfrey about the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort.