Aemilius, Gerardus (17th century)

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Gerardus Aemilius, a Reformed pastor and also a physician at Oud-Beijerland in the Dutch province of South Holland, had a dispute at this town on Sunday, 18 April 1663, with Tieleman Jansz van Braght, the Mennonite elder of Dordrecht and the author of the Martyrs' Mirror. The debate, which pertained to the question whether or not infant baptism is scriptural, lasted from six o'clock in the evening until two at night, attended by a large concourse of the people. At this hour, Aemilius broke off the dispute, and was not willing to continue it publicly on the following day. It had been the stipulation of van Braght that it be held "with open doors in the church of the Reformed or the Mennonites." On 20 June of that year Aemilius visited van Braght in Dordrecht and kindly requested that they "no longer dispute quarrelsomely with each other, but debate in friendly discussion." A copy of the document of the dispute held in Oud-Beijerland is to be found in the Mennonite archives at Amsterdam.


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884. Available in full electronic text (U.S. only) at I, no. 612.

Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland, 2 vols. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: I, 197-199.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 20. All rights reserved.

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