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The Teaching Of Theology

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Theology was not the first subject to be taught at the Athenaeum, but one of the last. This is particularly odd, as there was a great deal of documented interest in theology in Amsterdam. The Remonstrant students could take arts courses at Athenaeum, as could Lutherans and Mennonites. Etienne de Courcelles, Simon Episcopius's successor as professor at the Seminary, was given the task of sending his students to attend lectures on church history and philosophy given respectively by Vossius and Barlaeus. Around 1650 the Lutheran Hendricus van Born studied at the Athenaeum. In contrast to the ethics of Barlaeus, God is rarely mentioned in the ethical theses of Senguerdius. Unlike Voetius, Coccejus cared little for scholastic theology and dogma, and argued that the Bible was not always to be taken literally. In Oration on Moses, the eternal doctor of the church, Van Leeuwen discusses the connection between Christianity and Judaism.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Athenaeum; Barlaeus; Lutheran Hendricus; Remonstrant Seminary; Senguerdius; teaching of theology; Van Leeuwen; Vossius



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