The Making of the Dutch Form for Adult Baptism

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The Liturgy of the Dutch Reformed Church came about in several steps from Petrus
Dathenus’s 1566 edition of the Psalms to the National Synod of Dordt (1618–1619). During
the Post-Acta sessions of Dordt in 1619, it was finally decided to draw up a form for
baptism of adults (“de bejaerde”), in addition to the already existing form for infant baptism.
This essay shows that the church in the Netherlands could not fall back on texts
that were already in use elsewhere in Europe. Both the provincial synods of North- and
South-Holland and that of Zeeland provided material that was incorporated into the
new form, which gradually replaced the so-called “Corte ondersoeckinge” in the years
after the Synod of Dordt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-501
Number of pages19
JournalChurch History and Religious Culture
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • liturgical forms – infant baptism – adult baptism – Dordt Synod 1618–1619 – Church Order of Dordt 1619 – Dutch Reformed Church

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