n In die Skriflig - Gisbertus Voetius (1589–1676) : some perspectives on his influence on developments in the South African Dutch Reformed Church’s missiology and mission practice - research

Volume 53 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853



Gisbertus Voetius (1589–1676) played a significant role in the Synod of Dordt 1618–1619. As orthodox Calvinist and leading intellectual in the Dutch Second Reformation, he helped to shape the religious, philosophical and cultural landscape of the 17th century Dutch ‘Golden Age’. He was the first Protestant to have developed a comprehensive ‘theology of mission’. This article reflects on Voetius’ missiology, and specifically its influence on developments in the mission practice and theology in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. The article also enters into a conversation with Voetius from a current South African missional discourse.

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