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Stilstaanders, the designation of the Dutch Mennon­ites who, in 1566-68 during the Frisian-Flemish quarrels and schism, wished "to stand still," that is, to remain neutral, siding neither with the Frisians nor the Flemish. They were banned by both groups. Most of them soon after joined the Flemish. Ac­cording to V. P., Successio Anabaptistica, Stilstaan­ders were particularly found in Kleve, Germany, and in the Dutch provinces of South Holland and Friesland. Best known is the attitude of the Zierikzee congregation, which was also neutral, and presented its reasons for this position in the book Een Christelijcke Proeve, of 1570. They accused both parties of a lack of love and brotherliness and exhorted them to singleness of heart, sobriety, con­trition, and peace. But this truly Christian admoni­tion had no success at all; both parties were blinded and the schism lasted for nearly a century.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland, 2 vols. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: v. I, 125 note.

Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica, 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: v. VII, 66, 87, 542.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 56; (1897): 106.

Meihuizen, H. W. Galenus Abrahamsz. Haarlem, 1954: 8-12.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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