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Gisbertus Voetius, God's Gardener. The Pattern Of Godliness In The Selectae Disputationes

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In one of the disputations in his Selectae Disputationes the Utrecht professor of theology Gisbertus Voetius went into the problem of whether it was becoming him to possess a beautifully laid out garden. Were gardens with summer houses and pergolas, with fountains and other embellishments, all aimed at pleasure, acceptable? Voetius was the leader of the Dutch piety movement of the Further Reformation. Voetius flexible viewpoint on this subject makes it tempting and even justifiable in a way to consider his working method similar to that of seventeenth-century gardeners. The central path and the side paths split the garden up into a number of sections whose dimensions betray a continual use of auxiliary tools in order to make them as identical in shape as possible.

Keywords: gardener; Gisbertus Voetius; Selectae Disputationes



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