Banning, Jacob Pieters (17th century)
Jacob Pieters Banning (Banningh) was a preacher in the Waterlander congregation of Wormer and Jisp (in the Dutch province of North Holland). The fact that he did not believe in heaven and hell as finite places in the universe, or in the existence of the devil, caused offense in the congregation. The matter was discussed at a meeting of the congregation on 8 December 1697; here it was apparent that Banning had a following, and a decision could not be arrived at, though he was forbidden to preach. Then the officers of the congregation decided to turn the settlement of the dispute over to certain preachers of the brotherhood. These men, two of whom were Herman Schijn and E. A. van Dooregeest, met on 2 April 1698. When it became apparent that Banning also questioned the resurrection of the body, he was charged with "strange doctrine." Although it was emphatically stated that the committee could not act as judges, and that the congregation alone had the authority to depose him from office—nevertheless he was deprived of his office. It seems that the stirring up of offense and Banning's tactlessness may have turned the scales even more than did the facts of the case. Banning wrote in his own defense: Eenvoudig Verhaal van de Proceduuren gepleegt in de Waterlandse Doopsgezinde Gemeentens tot Wormer en Jisp, over het doen ophouden van een haarer Leeraaren in zijn Predikdienst . . . (1698), which was published in two editions in Amsterdam.
Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 153.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1898): 78-106.
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