Aldendorp, Goris Hendriks van (d. 1672)

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Goris Hendriks van Aldendorrp was  a Mennonite preacher of the Flemish congregation in Utrecht, Holland, 1649-1672, who, together with Arent van Heuven, Johan Andries van Aken, and Dr. Willem van Maurick, sided with the party of Galenus Abrahamsz de Haan in the quarrel at Utrecht. The opposing party was led by Robert van Hoogvelt. The cause of the strife was van Maurick's preaching in the Waterlanders congregation in Rotterdam and the idea that the head of each family had the right to serve communion in his own home. The majority were on Aldendorp's side. Their opponents, supported by seventeen outside ministers (van Braght and B. van Weenigem the most outstanding among them), secured the aid of the city authorities and thus won the argument (Wydtloopiger verhael van de Beklaeglijcke onlusten . . . binnen Utrecht, Utrecht, 1662). These four preachers published Een Belijdenisse, acngaende de voornaemste Leerstucken . . . (Utrecht, 1659). This confession is not entirely trinitarian. C. Gentman, a Reformed preacher, wrote a booklet refuting it, Eenige Aanteekeningen over een belijdenisse . . . (1662). Aldendorp wrote Extract uyt een Brief van Seecker Vriendt . . . (Leyden, 1662). On 12 August 1661 the civil authorities  forbade  the four  preachers  to  preach under penalty of one hundred guilders. Their suspension lasted until 4 August 1664, but the next year the congregation of Utrecht was divided into two parts, which met separately, and this division was not healed until 1675, three years after Aldendorp's death.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1916): 145-194, et passim.

Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy, 1919:119, 120.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 20.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Vos, Karel and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Aldendorp, Goris Hendriks van (d. 1672)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 25 May 2018.,_Goris_Hendriks_van_(d._1672)&oldid=74603.

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Vos, Karel and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1955). Aldendorp, Goris Hendriks van (d. 1672). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2018, from,_Goris_Hendriks_van_(d._1672)&oldid=74603.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 42-43. All rights reserved.

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