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Synod of Dordt Part 8: Prince Maurice Takes Action

By 1617-18, the theological and political situation in the Netherlands had become tense. The truce would end in only three more years. What would happen when the war with Spain resumed, and the Netherlands was divided between Remonstrants and Gomarists? At the moment, the Netherlands was on the brink of a civil war between Prince […]

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Synod of Dordt Part 7: The Remonstrants

While the war with Spain had been waged across the Netherlands, another war had been quietly simmering in the background. Jacobus Arminius, a professor at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, had been promoting a theology that opposed the five points of Calvinism. When Arminius died in 1609, the same year as the truce […]

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Synod of Dordt Part 6: A Truce

In 1584, the Calvinist Dutch appear to be on the brink of defeat by Philip II of Spain. But during this time, Spain and England had begun to have tensions of their own. Before this, Philip II had been married to Queen Mary of England, who is also called Bloody Mary for her persecution of […]

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Philip II of Spain decided to crush the rebellion in the Netherlands. He sent the Duke of Alba, a man known for his hatred of the Protestant Reformation, to the Netherlands. The Duke of Alba formed the Council of Troubles, also called the Council of Blood, to persecute the Calvinist Dutch. This council oversaw large […]

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After so many years of persecution, men from the Calvinists, Anabaptists, and other Protestant branches decided to begin to fight back. They had appealed to Philip II with the plea that included the Belgic Confession to stop the persecution, but he hadn’t listened. It looked like the Reformation might be wiped out of the Netherlands […]

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In the 1540s, the Netherlands—at that time seventeen provinces of what we call the Low Countries—was ready for a sweeping Protestant Reformation. The first part of the Reformation to make progress in the Netherlands was Anabaptism. The Anabaptists didn’t believe in baptizing infants and they would often retreat into their own communities away from the […]

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A Tale of Two Teapots

Mrs. Pekoe often made tea. She kept a plain little teapot on a low shelf near her stove and brewed a cup of tea in it for herself every day. She kept a larger fancy tea­pot on a higher shelf, and whenever guests arrived, she made some tea in the fancy pot for them. Mrs. […]

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TULIP: An Allegory

Once there was a great, dark building guarded by a tall, dark creature. A man dressed in white strode to the door and handed the dark creature a bag of gold coins. “That is the exact amount for the ones I come for,” the man in white said as he pushed inside with barely a […]

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