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Witsius, Herman
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(Wits; Feb 12, 1636, Enkhuizen – Oct 22, 1708, Leiden), Reformed theologian. After studying at Utrecht and Groningen, he served as pastor in Westwoud, Wormer, Goes, and Leeuwarden from 1657 to 1675, then as professor of theology at Frankener (1675–1680), Utrecht (1680–1698), and Leiden (1698–1707). Influenced by G. Voetius, he developed a federal theology, more biblically oriented than that of J. Cocceius. Witsius opposed Cartesianism as well as the separatist followers of J. de Labadie; he also tried unsuccessfully to reconcil…

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Strohm, Christoph, “Witsius, Herman”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026403>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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