Volume 1: 1771 Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica!
Arminians, in church-history, a sect of Christians which arose in Holland, by a separation from the Calvinists. They are great asserters of free-will. They speak very ambiguously of the presence of God. They look upon the doctrine of the Trinity as a point not necessary to salvation; and many of them hold there is no precept in scripture by which we are enjoined to adore the Holy Ghost; and that Jesus is not equal to God the Father.