The author outlines religious practices and history of Protestant Churches in Holland. Most attention is paid to the Reformed Church of Holland, but other Churches are discussed. The influence of politics and important figureheads is described.
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Given Americans’ lack of knowledge concerning religion in Holland, the author draws from work by the Presbyterian Review and travel journals to compile a portrait. One journal claims the preaching in Holland is more like the American than German pulpit. The author admires Dutch sacred music and warns of the dangers of wanting religious instruction. Political upheaval has a number of effects on the Reformed Church of Holland since 1795. The author details the function of that church’s ecclesiastical offices and functions while also noting the differences from the prior form of Presbyterianism. The general sentiment is that the Dutch are distancing themselves from their ancient principals. The two individuals most influential to the positions of the Reformed are Van Voorst and Van der Palm, whose philosophies are detailed. The article provides brief histories of other Protestant Churches: Lutheran, Remonstrants, Mennonists, Collegiants, and Jansenists. Education is run by the State, not the church, yet students graduate with church certificates, which the article derides. The author concludes that political changes in Holland have likely reduced the accuracy of the source accounts.