Caspar Heidanus (Jasper van der Heyden) was a native of Mechelen, Belgium who had been rejected by his family for turning Protestant. He prepared for the office of preaching by Johann á Lasco, came to Frankenthal, Palatinate, in 1564, where he settled as successor to Petrus Dathenus until 1574. After a brief sojourn in Antwerp, he took part in the Frankenthal disputation (1571), served as preacher in Middelburg and Antwerp, as inspector in Bacharach, and died there 7 May 1586. He was a sharp defender of Calvinistic doctrine against Catholics, Lutherans, and Mennonites. Against the Mennonites he wrote Cort ende claer bewys van den heyligen doop (Antwerp, 1582).
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