Becius, Joannes (1626-after 1687)

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Joannes Becius, b. 1626 at Middelburg (Netherlands), d. after 1687. He studied theology at Utrecht, and about 1652 became pastor of the Kruis Reformed congregation of the Olijfberg in Antwerp. About 1660 he lived in Franeker, and after 1668 was again in his native town of Middelburg. He was no longer a preacher, having apparently made a complete break with the Reformed Church. In 1669 he was a Collegiant. He did not wish to be a "Mennist, Socinian, Calvinist, or Arminian," but a "Christian." For the Mennonites he is of importance in that he came to their aid with his pen in 1670, when they became involved in difficulties with the Reformed Church and the government at Deventer; he wrote a booklet, Wederlegginge. . . in 1670, in which he made a strong plea for liberty of conscience.


Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: v. I, 365-369.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 258. All rights reserved.

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