Synod of Dort Part 2: Reformation in the Netherlands

In the 1540s, the Netherlands—at that time seventeen provinces of what we call the Low Countries—was ready for a sweeping Protestant Reformation.

The first part of the Reformation to make progress in the Netherlands was Anabaptism. The Anabaptists didn’t believe in baptizing infants and they would often retreat into their own communities away from the rest of the people.

The works and writing of John Calvin made its way into the Netherlands only a few years after he wrote them. Due to the printing presses and freedom allowed in the Netherlands, the works of John Calvin and others were published. People discussed the teachings of the Reformation amongst themselves. Especially in the northern provinces of the Low Countries, what is today the country of the Netherlands, many people became Calvinist.

By 1560, Calvinism had a firm hold across the seventeen provinces. Calvinist churches began worshipping in a manner similar to how the Protestant Reformed Churches worship today. In 1566, a psalter was created for singing in the Dutch Calvinist churches, which borrowed several tunes and translated songs from the Genevan Psalter produced by John Calvin. Several of these songs are ones we still sing today in our Psalter.



Something to think about:

With your parents, discuss why we baptize infants and not just adults. Why is this important?