Klinkhamer, Laurens (1626-1687)
Laurens Klinkhamer (Klinckhaemer) was a physician of Leiden, Dutch province of South Holland, where he was born and died. Though from a Mennonite family and married in 1667 to the Mennonite Deliana van Hoogmade, and a Mennonite himself, he did not have much contact with his home church, but devoted himself ardently to Collegiantism, which taught that there is no true Christian church on earth. He wished "to raise badly torn Christianity to the level of the apostolic period." He was much distressed over all who thought that their own church was the only true Christian church. Galenus Abrahamsz, a Mennonite minister at Amsterdam, at first a follower of the Collegiants, but later somewhat critical of their principles, was for this reason called by Klinkhamer "the pest of the Collegiants." By his books, especially Vryheydt van spreecken in de Gemeynte der geloovingen (Leiden, 1655), he had wide influence on the Dutch Mennonites.
Hylkema, C. B. Reformateurs. I, II, Haarlem, 1900, 1902: passim, see Index.
Slee, J. C. van. De Rijnsburger Collegianten. Haarlem, 1895: passim, see Index.
Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland. Utrecht, 1903-: V, 21-25.
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