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Grotius, Hugo (1583-1645)
Defensio fidei Catholicae de satisfactione Christi adversur Faustum socinum senefem.
Lugduni Batavorum, excudit Joannes Patius, 1617.

Image from Grotius' Defensio fidei

The depth of influence of Hugo Grotius on the emergence of modern thought has only recently been appreciated. In addition to his political writings he wrote much theology. This work on the satisfaction of God's wrath by Christ was written against the heretic Faustus Socinius. Ironically, later in the century Grotius himself would be branded a Socinian by John Owen. Richard Baxter branded him a papist. In fact, he was neither.

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