Linda Stuckrath Gottschalk, Pleading for Diversity. The Church Caspar Coolhaes Wanted [Reformed Historical Theology 44]. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2017, 314 pp. ISBN 9783647552804. € 90; US$ 113.The German-Dutch Protestant preacher Caspar Coolhaes (c. 1534–1615) was, according to Linda Stuckrath Gottschalk, at once Reformed and anti-confessional, a committed Christian who pleaded for theological diversity, and a Spiritualist who was nevertheless preoccupied with ecclesiology. Because of these paradoxes, along with his proclivity to commit his largely unorthodox opinions repeatedly and vociferously to print, Coolhaes has the distinction of being the first person excommunicated by the Dutch Reformed Church after its official establishment in the independent Netherlands in 1572.The first part of this study offers a biographical sketch, the first such thoroughly-researched treatment of Coolhaes’s life since his biography was published in the 1850s. Caspar Coolhaes began his clerical career as a Carthusian monk in the Rhineland. In the 1560s he converted to a vaguely Lutheran Protestantism and began preaching in the Palatinate. For a brief period in 1566–1567 he served as a minister for the Reformed congregation of Deventer, a town in the IJssel River valley, but then fled back to the Holy Roman Empire when the Revolt of the Netherlands broke out
Church History and Religious Culture (formerly Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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