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Calling attention to the history of doctrine, particularly of the doctrine of the atonement during the third period, 730-1517 A.D., we mentioned Anselm of Canterbury, and quoted from Philip Schaff in his History of the Christian Church as this historian gives a brief review of the life of this esteemed Schoolman.  Rev. H. Hoeksema writes concerning Anselm the following in his notes on the history of doctrine:

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Synod of Dordt The Canons Discussing the Rejection of Errors of the second head of the Canons of Dordt, we now quote Article V: Who teach: That all men have been accepted unto the state of reconciliation and unto the grace of the covenant, so that no one is worthy of condemnation on account of original sin, and that no one shall be condemned because of it, but that all are free from the guilt of original sin. For this opinion is repugnant to Scripture which teaches that we are by nature children of wrath.

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We were busy, in our preceding article, with a discussion of Art. V of the Rejection of Errors of Head II of the Canons. Let us quote this article again: Who teach: That all men have been accepted unto the state of reconciliation and unto the grace of the covenant, so that no one is worthy of condemnation on account of original sin, and that no one shall be condemned because of it, but that all are free from the guilt of original sin. For this opinion is repugnant to Scripture which teaches that we are by nature children of...

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THE REFORMATION PERIOD  THE SYNOD OFDORDT  It is also of interest to read the reaction of the Netherlands professors to the position of the Remonstrants with respect to the atonement of Christ and their own view of the same. These professors were Gomarus, Polyander, Thysius and Walleus. Sybrandus Lubbertus, another professor, read this judgment of his colleagues and expressed his agreement with it. 

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