What is it about?

This is a book review about a recent publication illumination--in theological, political, social context--some as-of-yet-unexamined works of Dr. Simon Oomius, one of the most prolific pastor-theologians of the 17th century Further Reformation in the Netherlands.

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Why is it important?

Though Simon Oomius is a quintessential representative of the Further Reformation, and wrote on array of striking topics, he is as of yet relatively unknown. Any new publication on Oomius will be of immense interest to students of this pastor-theologian and of the Further Reformation and Reformed orthodoxy in general. This particular work that I've reviewed will be of great interest to historians of 17th century Low Countries too.


I have studied Oomius, wrote a dissertation on him and recently published it through North Star Ministry Press, under the title, Embracing Doctrine and Life (2021). Though I know quite a bit about Oomius and his context and publications, I learned much in reading and reviewing Theo Basoski's excellent stuidy. And I depend on other Oomius scholars to illuminate more of what he contributed to Reformed orthodoxy and praxis during his lifetime (1630-1706).

Gregory Schuringa
First Christian Reformed Church, Waupun, WI

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This page is a summary of: Voor de Heer en voor Oranje. Simon Oomius en zijn orangistische bazuinen (1672–1674), by Theo Basoski, Church History and Religious Culture, October 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/18712428-10104011.
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