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Johannes Arnoldi Corvinus
(real surname Ravens) (c.1582–1650) was a Dutch Remonstrant minister and jurist.
He was born in Leiden
, and in 1606 was a Calvinist preacher there. A pupil of Jacobus Arminius
Jacobus Arminius , the Latinized name of the Dutch theologian Jakob Hermanszoon from the Protestant Reformation period, served from 1603 as professor in theology at the University of Leiden...
, he took up the Arminian views, he was a public supporter of them by 1609, and in 1610 signed the Five Articles of Remonstrance
The Five Articles of Remonstrance were theological propositions advanced in 1610 by followers of Jacobus Arminius who had died in 1609, in disagreement with interpretations of the teaching of John Calvin then current in the Dutch Reformed Church...
. Subsequently, as a consequence of the Synod of Dort
The Synod of Dort was a National Synod held in Dordrecht in 1618-1619, by the Dutch Reformed Church, to settle a divisive controversy initiated by the rise of Arminianism. The first meeting was on November 13, 1618, and the final meeting, the 154th, was on May 9, 1619...
, he lost his church office in 1619. He left the country, being abroad until 1630. Studying law, he then had a career as advocate in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is governed by the constitution of August 24, 1815 and its successors. Amsterdam has a population of 783,364 within city limits, an urban population...
- Christelicke ende ernstighe vermaninghe tot vrede aen R. Donteclock (1609), against Reinier Donteclock
- Teghen-bericht jeghens D. Francisci Gomari (1610), against Franciscus Gomarus
Franciscus Gomarus , was a Dutch theologian, a strict Calvinist and opponent of the teaching of Jacobus Arminius , which was formally judged at the Synod of Dort .-Life:His parents, having embraced the principles of the Reformation, emigrated to the Palatinate in 1578, in order...
- Responsio ad Bogermanni adnotationes, pro Grotio (1613), reply to Johannes Bogermann
- Censura anatomes Arminianismi etc. (1614), against Pierre du Moulin
Pierre Du Moulin was a Huguenot minister in France who also resided in England for some years.-Life:Born in Buhy in 1568, he was the son of Joachim Du Moulin, a Protestant minister in the Orleans area...
- Petri Molinaei novi anatomici mala encheiresis (1622). Reply to Du Moulin's Anatome Arminianismi (1619). This work follows Hugo Grotius
Hugo Grotius , also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law...
on the Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue , are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and most forms of Christianity. They include instructions to worship only God and to keep the Sabbath, and prohibitions against idolatry,...
, suggesting they are divine positive law, rather than the law of nature
Law of Nature may refer to:* Physical law, a scientific generalization based upon empirical observation* Natural law, any of a number of doctrines in moral, political and legal theory...
Corvinus had been quite close to Grotius, in the 1610s, and from around 1632 taught the law. With Gerard de Wassenaer and Pieter de la Court
Pieter de la Court was a Dutch economist and businessman. He pioneered modern thinking about the economic importance of free competition and was an uncompromising advocate of the republican form of government.-Biography:...
he was one of a group of legal writers with Remonstrant sympathies who commented on reason of state; Corvinus did this in an edition of the De arcanis rerumpublicarum
of Arnoldus Clapmarius
Arnoldus Clapmarius was a German academic, jurist and humanist, known for his writings on statecraft.-Life:...
(1641). Other works were:
- Posthumus Pacianus (1643) on Giulio Pace
Giulio Pace of Beriga was a well-known Italian Aristotelian scholar and jurist.-Life:He was born in Vicenza, Italy, and studied law and philosophy in Padua....
- Jurisprudentia romana (1644)
- Conclusiones de ivre pvblico (1644) with Arnoldus Clapmarius, Christoph Besold, and Franciscus Rosellus
- Enchiridium seu institutiones imperiales (1649)