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A Goodly Heritage: The Secession of 1834 and Its Impact on Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and North America
Pronk, Cornelis

A Goodly Heritage: The Secession of 1834 and Its Impact on Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and North America

ISBN: 9781601786647
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In A Goodly Heritage, Cornelis Pronk surveys the history of the Secession of 1834, beginning with the events leading up to this important spiritual movement and subsequently following its long journey through the Netherlands and North America until 1892. He then focuses on a small minority that decided to continue as the original Christian Reformed Church, considering its growth and how it formulated theological positions in relation to several other Reformed denominations. Throughout, special attention is given to the doctrines of covenant, baptism, and the Holy Spirit's ministry in applying salvation.

This work not only explains the concerns of De Cock and other fathers of the Secession. It presses beyond the early years of the reform movement to present a larger picture of the developments of Secession theology and the contributions made by its main representatives.

1. The Historical Background and Spiritual Roots of the Secession of 1834
2. The Further Reformation
3. The Further Reformation View of the Church
4. Further Reformation Views on the Doctrine of Salvation
5. The Reveil
6. The Character of the Dutch Reveil
7. The Secession of 1834
8. The Scholte Club - Part 1: Scholte and Brummelkamp
9. The Scholte Club - Part 2: Van Velzen, Gezelle Meerburg, and Van Raalte
10. Early Years of the Secession
11. Doctrinal Differences between De Cock and Scholte (1)
12. Doctrinal Differences between De Cock and Scholte (2)
13. Preaching in the Secession Churches
14. The Amsterdam Synod of 1840: A Very Important Synod
15. Training Ministers
16. The Brummelkamp Issue
17. The Theological School at Kampen
18. Helenius De Cock's Theological Method
19. Controversy Surrounding the Well-Meant Offer of Grace
20. The Influence of the Marrow Men on the Secession Church
21. Pieters and Kreulen and the Synod of 1863
22. History of the Reformed Churches Under the Cross
23. Ledeboer and the Ledeboerians
24. Rev. G. H. Kersten and The Netherlands Reformed Congregations
25. Secession Immigrants in North America
26. The Birth of the Christian Reformed Church
27. Douwe Vander Werp and other Early Leaders in the CRC
28. Hendrik Pieter Scholte: Founder of Pella
29. Abraham Kuyper, the Doleantie and the Union of 1892
30. Dutch-American Secession Theologians (1) - L. J. Hulst and F. M. Ten Hoor
31. Dutch American Secession Theologians (2) - William W. Heyns
32. Dutch Secession Theology After 1892
33. Leading Dutch Secession Theologians 34. Summary and Conclusions


Cornelis Pronk is an emeritus pastor of the Free Reformed Churches of North America. He is a visiting professor of church history and historical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and is editor of The Messenger, the denominational periodical of the FRCNA.


"Cornelis Pronk's A Goodly Heritage is a fascinating and enlightening read for anyone interested in the Dutch Secession churches of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This book is a gold mine of valuable information on Secession leaders such as De Cock and Scholte as well as on others that have seldom been written about in English such as Brummelkamp, Pieters, Kreulen, Ledeboer, and many more. Since this book was originally written in a first draft form for the Free Reformed denominational periodical as a labor of love, the author freely evaluates the character and theology of various Secession leaders from a Free Reformed perspective-which, in my opinion, makes the book even more of an engaging read. One does not have to agree with every detail of the author's assessment to recognize that this is a valuable work that needed to be written and provides much cause for reflection about the gospel and its promises, covenant theology, the role of election, and a host of additional areas germane to the Reformed faith. I have learned much from reading my esteemed friend's A Goodly Heritage, and trust you will as well."
--Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Can historical theology be written in a way that is relevant, pastoral, spiritual, accessible, interesting, and edifying? Pastor Pronk's book answers 'yes' on all these fronts. Not only valuable for reminding Dutch Reformed Christians of their wonderful heritage, but also for all Christians who want to learn more about the Gospel-what it is, how to preach it, and how to embrace it."
--David Murray, professor of Old Testament and practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

"Neil Pronk has served the global church with this first grand overview of the Dutch Secession of 1834 and its aftermath through the 19th century. I say a service to the global church as the issues at stake are of all times and all places, and because in this book we see how God continuously raises up men and women to stand up for the true doctrine and for the true preaching of the Word. It took long before a book on this important event appeared in English. But now it´s there, and it sure was worth waiting for!"
--Herman J. Selderhuis, professor of church history and church polity, Theological University of Apeldoorn

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 510
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2019