Original Research - Special Collection: Synod of Dordrecht (1618-1619) - Important missiological perspectives

Gisbertus Voetius (1589–1676): Some perspectives on his influence on developments in the South African Dutch Reformed Church’s missiology and mission practice

Gideon van der Watt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 3 | a2449 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i3.2449 | © 2019 Gideon van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 January 2019 | Published: 15 July 2019

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Gideon van der Watt, Department of Practical and Missional Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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.


Voetius; Dordt; Missiology; Second Reformation; Election; Conversion Dutch Reformed Church; South Africa


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