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Wartime Polemics: On The Public Church

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The extensive correspondence of leading clergymen such as Tilius, Cornelisz and Hendrik van der Corput enable one to relate the Coornhert affair to the difficulties confronting the building up of a Reformed Church in Holland. Although Coornhert was far from remaining silent in this oral battle, he had no pulpit from which to denounce his opponents. Two pamphlets in particular are important for the reconstruction of the disputations in Leiden and The Hague: Vande Leydtsche disputatie warachtigh verhael. Both Coornhert and the ministers moved in an extensive network of patrons and sympathisers. The disputations in Leiden and The Hague took place amidst considerable unrest. Coornhert's sceptical line of argument is characteristic of many Reformation debates. Coornhert devoted a great deal of attention to the interpretation of Scripture. In the disputations in Leiden and The Hague, Coornhert was willing to meet his Reformed opponents more than halfway on exegetical questions.

Keywords: Church; Coornhert; Hague; Holland; Leiden

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