Grondt-steen van Vreede en Verdraegsaemheit

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Grondt-steen van Vreede en Verdraegsaemheit, tot opbouwinge van den tempel Christi ander de Doops-Gesinde (Foundation of Peace and Toleration, in Order to Build up the Church of Christ Among the Mennonites) is a Dutch booklet of 34 pages, printed at Amsterdam in 1674 and reprinted there 1736. It was drafted by four Zonist preachers, Pieter Jansz Stapper (Jisp), Jan Jansz Keeskooper (Koog-Zaandijk), Pieter Apostool (Amsterdam), and Engel Arentsz van Dooregeest (de Rijp), and signed at the Zonist Meeting held on 25 October 1674 at Jisp, Dutch province of North Holland, according to the resolution of a conference of preachers and deacons held on 18 July 1674 at Amsterdam. It was addressed to "the preachers, deacons and members of the Waterlander and Flemish Mennonites, who until now have not joined the Union" (i.e., the Zonist Sociëteit, founded at the meeting of 18 July 1674 at Amsterdam). The Grondt-steen was an attempt to unite the Dutch Mennonites; the basis of this union was to be the Confession, viz., the Waterlander Confession of Hans de Ries or the Algemeene Belijdenissen. It is said emphatically (p. 19) that it is not enough to accept the Holy Scriptures as the truth; a confession is necessary because of the divergence of opinions. The Grondt-steen became the constitution of the Zonist Sociëteit.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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