Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Our Roots And Identity: "Old" and "Free"

Written by Dr. A. Baars
In a series of articles in “De Wekker,” weekly publication of the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken (October 20 to November 12, 2004) Dr. Baars explains some of the history of the Free Reformed Churches. These articles, in a more academic form, were first delivered by Dr. Baars at a conference entitled, “Morsels in the Melting Pot,” as a lecture at the Free University of Amsterdam on September 29 and 30, 2004. The question that was central at this conference was: to what extent did the religious convictions of small communities of Dutch immigrants in America contribute to the retention of their own (Dutch) identity and to what extent did they conform to their new environment. What follows is the summary of Dr. Baars’ lecture. In his academic paper Dr. Baars bases his lecture on extensive research of documents and his personal experiences while pastor of the Free Reformed Church of Dundas from 1981-1988. Dr. Baars is a professor at the Theological University of the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken in the Netherlands (CGKN) at Apeldoorn, and heads the homiletics department.
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