Fun Facts From Church History: The Removal of Petrus Ens

The Handbook of Dutch Church History informs us that

selderhuis10Petrus Ens, a Reformed professor in Harderwijk, had been accused of teaching Socinian theses [in the middle of the 18th century]. While the case of Stinstra [a minister removed from office for doctrinal reasons] caused a great commotion throughout the country, Ens was a little combative; when it appeared that he maintained his refusal to withdraw his statements, he was quietly removed from the academy (1741). It is the only time in the history of the Reformed Church after the Synod of Dordrecht that a theological professor in the Netherlands was dismissed for his doctrine.

Even though things change, they remain the same.

3 thoughts on “Fun Facts From Church History: The Removal of Petrus Ens

  1. Jona Lendering

    I think the last statement may be factually correct but might also be a bit misleading. I recall that, some ten years ago, prof Den Heijer in Kampen was sent into early retirment because of his opinions about atonement. He had to explain his teachings at the Synod, and finally decided to leave the Church.

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