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An obscure offshoot of the Remonstrants (q.v.), founded in the Netherlands c.1619, and so called because they termed their communities ‘colleges’. They held that the Church was an invisible society and every externally constituted Church a corruption. Apart from the belief that Christ was the Messiah and the Bible inspired Scripture, they admitted no confession of faith or organized ministry. The sect seems to have died out towards the end of the 18th cent., when most of its adherents were absorbed in the Remonstrants or the Mennonites.

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