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The Drafting Of The Canons Of Dordt: A Preliminary Survey Of Early Drafts And Related Documents

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The Canons of Dordt were drafted by a committee that kept no minutes, and the Acta of the Synod are also silent on this period since there were no public sessions. Nevertheless, over one hundred archival documents relating to the drafting of the Canons have been preserved in various archives in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and England. These materials include several drafts of the Canons, amendment suggestions on some of these drafts by the various delegations at the Synod, and a variety of drafting committee documents. This chapter identifies the key documents that were used in preparing the Canons. President Bogermans dictating of his draft of the Canons created quite a stir, especially among some of the foreign delegates, who thought Bogerman wanted to draw up canons alone and just have the Synod give its approval.

Keywords: Acta; Canons of Dordt; President Bogerman; Synod



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