Johannes Arnoldi Corvinus

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Johannes Arnoldi Corvinus born Joannes Arnoldsz Ravens (c.1582, Leiden – 2 January 1650, Amsterdam)[1] 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,[2] he took up the Arminian views, he was a public supporter of them by 1609, and in 1610 signed the Five Articles of Remonstrance. Subsequently, as a consequence of the Synod of Dort, 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.[3]


Theological writings
Title page from Justitia romana (1644).
Legal writings

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 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 (1641).[2] Other works were:


His son Arendt became a professor of law at Mainz.[6]


  1. ^ Joannes Arnoldsz. Ravens at
  2. ^ a b Anthony Pagden (editor), The Idea of Europe: from antiquity to the European Union, Volume 13 (2002), p. 105; Google Books.
  3. ^ de:s: ADB:Corvinus, Johann Arnold
  4. ^ John Platt, Reformed Thought and Scholasticism: the arguments for the existence of God in Dutch theology, 1575-1650 (1982), p. 184; Google Books.
  5. ^ Richard Tuck, Philosophy and Government, 1572-1651 (1993), p. 188; Google Books.
  6. ^ (Italian) page

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