The Belgic Confession: its history and sources

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Baker Academic, Nov 1, 2007 - Religion - 229 pages
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The Belgic Confession is one of the most important and oldest doctrinal statements of the Reformed churches. Written in 1561, it became a confession of Protestant believers in the Netherlands in the face of persecution from the Roman Catholic government. Despite its importance, there has been no comprehensive study on the history and background of this confession in English--until now. In this addition to the Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series, Nicolaas Gootjes explores several key aspects of the confession as well as its relationship to John Calvin and Theodore Beza. "The Belgic Confession" makes a valuable contribution to the field of Reformation studies.

"The Belgic Confession of 1561 was the most significant confessional document to emerge from the Reformation in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century. It is still regarded as a fine summary of the Reformed faith and is still used today in many churches around the world. How surprising, therefore, that this volume is the first full-length introduction to the origin and history of the confession to appear in English! The author has provided us with a careful and comprehensive treatment of the historical development, authorship, early influence, revisions, and translations of the Belgic Confession. It is a book we have been awaiting for a long time."--Lyle D. Bierma, Jean and Kenneth Baker Professor of Systematic Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary

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Contents

Series Preface
7
The Author of the Confession
33
Calvin and the Confession
59
The Authority of the Confession
93
The Revision of 1566
117
At the Synod of Dort
133
Translations
161
Appendix
191
Bibliography
215
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Nicolaas H. Gootjes (ThD, Theological University of Kampen) is professor of dogmatology at the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of five books, including two in Korean and one in Dutch, and several articles.

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