Goulart, Simon (2)

Goulart, Simon a Swiss Protestant theologian (son of the preceding), was born at Geneva about 1576. He was at first pastor of the French Protestant church at Wesel, and in 1601 was called to Amsterdam to take charge of the Walloon church. Being a zealous Arminian, he engaged in a controversy with his colleagues, who as zealously defended Calvinism, and he was finally ejected. He wrote two works in defense of his views, which attracted great attention, and in 1618 the Remonstrants chose him as one of their defenders at the Synod of Dort. He was, however, forbidden to appear, as being under interdict. When the Arminian ministers were banished in 1619, he followed Episcopius to Antwerp. When hostilities were renewed between Holland and Spain he went to Calais. In 1623 he was accused of conspiring against the prince of Orange, but proved his innocence, and the next year removed to Frederickstadt, where a large number of Remonstrants had sought refuse. He died there March 19, 1628. He wrote, Brief Traite de la grace de Dieu envers les hommes et de l'ternelle election des fids les et reprobation des infideles (Amst. 1616, 8vo): — Examen des opinions de M. Fabrice Bassecourt conteunes in un livre de disputes intitule L'election eternelle et ses dependances (Amst., 1618, 8vo): — Epitre aux Remonstrants Walons (1620, 8vo): — Traite de la providencea de Dieu et autres points independans, avec une Refutation du sermon de Jos. Poujade contre les cinq articles des Remonstrants (1627, 12mo); and eight letters, two in Latin and six in French, in the Epistolae Remonstrantium ecclesiastica et theologica (Amst. 1684, fal.). See Niceron Memoires; Bibl. remonstrantum; Bayle, Dict. Hist.; Senebier, Histoire litt. De Geneve; Haag, La France Protestante; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Gen. 21:414.

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