Geuns, Matthias C. van (1823-1904)

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Matthias C. van Geuns Doopsgezinde Bijdragen

Matthias C. van Geuns, b. 1823 at Leeuwarden, son of Cornelis Sytse van Geuns, d. there 1904, was a Mennonite pastor at Noord-Zijpe 1845-1850, and Leeuwarden 1850-1888. He had a large sphere of influence, not only by his preaching, but also by his secretaryship of the Friesche Doopsgezinde Sociëteit, 1875-1897. In Leeuwarden he was so highly respected and beloved that during a socialistic disturbance, when a large number of windows were broken, the leaders of the uprising emphatically warned their following not to damage the house of Pastor van Geuns. At first he followed his father as a moderate evangelical; about 1860 he successively turned to modernism (liberalism) and a rather radical rationalism. In this movement he became an influential leader. He published a number of sermons and a volume of lectures, entitled Ondeugende Scherts (Leeuwarden, 1871). His portrait is found in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1903 and Doopsgezind Jaarboekje 1906.


Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 315, 321.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1906): 23-27.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1903): 119-123; (1904): 239 f.

Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: VIII, 600.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland. Utrecht, 1903-: III, 238-239.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Geuns, Matthias C. van (1823-1904). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 December 2018, from,_Matthias_C._van_(1823-1904)&oldid=120716.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 511. All rights reserved.

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