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Linda Stuckrath Gottschalk


Linda Stuckrath Gottschalk, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Research and Writing at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands.
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Linda Stuckrath Gottschalk

Pleading for Diversity

The Church Caspar Coolhaes Wanted

1. Edition 2017
314 pages
ISBN 978-3-525-55280-3
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Reformed Historical Theology. - Band 044

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Coolhaes was a Reformed preacher, a writer of theology, a critic of the churches of his day, and an advocate of religious diversity. Coolhaes opposed much of the building up of the organization of the Reformed Church in the Northern Netherlands and Dutch Republic in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The struggle between Coolhaes and the Leiden magistrates on one side and the Leiden consistory and fellow-preacher Pieter Cornelisz on the other encapsulated the question of authority which was being asked by many. At the same time, Coolhaes’ theology, especially his Spiritualistic understanding of the sacraments, his Erastianism, and his views on free will made him suspicious to his Reformed colleagues. The latter of which leading him later to be labeled “the forerunner of Arminius and the Remonstrants”. All this eventually led to his defrocking at the synod of Middelburg and soon after to excommunication from the Reformed Church. The question this book answers, therefore, is: What sort of church would the critic Coolhaes himself have wanted to design for the new Republic?The first part of the book gives a new biographical sketch. Fresh information, sources, and un-examined works by Coolhaes himself have been uncovered since H.C. Rogge’s nineteenth-century biography. In the second part the ecclesiology of Coolhaes takes center stage: His ideal church would have been characterized by diversity, for diversity of religious confessions in the same society would stabilize it and diversity of views even within a confession would not harm it.

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