Breen, Daniel de (1594-1664)

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Daniel de Breen (van Breen), born 1594 at Haarlem, died 1664 at Amsterdam, was secretary of the group of Remonstrant ministers at the Reformed Synod of Dordrecht in the Netherlands in 1618, but he soon withdrew from the Remonstrants and joined the Collegiants. He founded the college of Amsterdam, of which he was an influential leader together with Adam Boreel, the Mennonite minister Galenus Abrahamsz, and Michiel Coomans. De Breen, who is said to have had much influence on Galenus, ardently defended the principle of nonresistance and the doctrines of millennialism. He wrote numerous theological books, including a compendium of the works of Erasmus. His Opera Theologica were edited at Amsterdam in 1664 by his nephew Frans de Kuiper.


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Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: v. I, 604-606.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Breen, Daniel de (1594-1664)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 27 Sep 2022.,_Daniel_de_(1594-1664)&oldid=55061.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Breen, Daniel de (1594-1664). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 September 2022, from,_Daniel_de_(1594-1664)&oldid=55061.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 412. All rights reserved.

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