Dutch theologian. He defended liberalism against the strongly Calvinist doctrines then current in the Netherlands. He rejected the idea of a visible Church and maintained the sufficiency of a faith inspired by the Bible and the Apostles' Creed. Denying any doctrine of Original Sin, he urged the need for interior piety. The Arminians and the Pietists owed something to his influence.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.