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A report appeared in De Hope on this date, entitled, "The Bazuin 's Opinion," in which information was given about Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte's appearance before the Synod of the Separatist Church during his visit that summer in the Netherlands. V.R. was questioned about the Dutch Reformed Church in America. V.R. explained why the immigrant churches united with the RCA, saying that this church was sound in doctrine. Its seeming difference from the Separatist Church was differences in manner "associated with the character of the country [USA]." The questioning of V.R. arose in part because the Christian Reformed Church had just organized its own congregation in Pella, Iowa, a division from the First Reformed Church there. V.R. appreciated the cordial reception he had at the synod.
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Kennedy, Simone, "A Report Appeared in De Hope On This Date, Entitled, "The Bazuin's Opinion"" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 393.
In Dutch; translated by Simone Kennedy.
Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.
About the collection:
Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."
Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.