Wilhelmus à Brakel (2 January 1635, Leeuwarden – 30 October 1711, Rotterdam), a contemporary of Voetius and Witsius, was a major representative of the Dutch Further Reformation (known in Dutch as De Nadere Reformatie). This movement was contemporaneous with and greatly influenced by English Puritanism. Scholars in the Netherlands have defined this movement as follows:

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  • Wilhelmus à Brakel (* 2. Januar 1635 in Leeuwarden; † 30. Oktober 1711 in Rotterdam) war ein reformierter Geistlicher in der Tradition der Näheren Reformation. Sein Vater Theodorus Gerardus à Brakel war ebenfalls Prediger. Er wurde bekannt durch sein Buch De Redelijke Godsdienst (deutsch: Der vernünftige Gottesdienst), das ohne große Verständnishürden für normale Kirchenbesucher geschrieben war. Der Redelijke Godsdienst zeichnet sich durch die vielen Anwendungen für das persönliche Leben aus. Neben dogmatischen Themen behandelt Brakel Themen wie Dankbarkeit, das Singen von Psalmen und die christliche Demut. Durch die gute Verständlichkeit hatte das Buch einen großen Einfluss auf den rechten Flügel des Protestantismus. Das Buch wird auch heute noch von den Mitgliedern verschiedener calvinistischer Gemeinden in den Niederlanden gelesen. Um das Jahr 2000 erschien nochmals ein Nachdruck. à Brakel verstarb 1711 in Rotterdam und wurde am 5. November desselben Jahres dort beigesetzt. Er hatte eine Tochter. (de)
  • Wilhelmus à Brakel, né le 2 janvier 1635 à Leeuwarden et mort le 30 octobre 1711 à Rotterdam, est un ministre du culte réformé dans les Provinces-Unies. Il est le plus estimé représentant de la période moyenne du mouvement néerlandais Nadere reformatie (1600-1750). Ce dernier est similaire au puritanisme anglais et coïncide dans le temps avec lui. (fr)
  • Wilhelm à Brakel, pastore evangelico riformato dei Paesi Bassi è forse il più stimato rappresentante del periodo della storia olandese chiamato Nadere Reformatie (1600-1750), chiamato anche della "Seconda Riforma" che coincide strettamente per quanto riguarda il tempo, ma anche per ispirazione ideale, a quello del Puritanesimo inglese. Suo padre Theodorus Gerardus à Brakel era anche pastore evangelico. È leader riconosciuto del primo Pietismo olandese, promotore di un risveglio spirituale della chiesa che correva il rischio di inaridirsi a causa dell'intellettualismo promosso dallo Scolasticismo protestante allora prevalente. Orfano in tenera età ed educato dalla sua nonna materna, fin da piccolo mostra una forte propensione per la lettura della Bibbia e di libri d'edificazione. All'età di 10 anni nulla più che stare in chiesa gli dava maggiore soddisfazione. (it)
  • Wilhelmus à Brakel (Leeuwarden, 2 januari 1635 - Rotterdam, 30 oktober 1711) was een Nederlands predikant die stond in de traditie van de Nadere Reformatie. Wilhelmus à Brakel was een zoon van de Friese predikant Theodorus à Brakel. Hij studeerde theologie aan de Universiteit van Franeker en Utrecht. Hij was predikant te Exmorra (1662), Stavoren (1665), Harlingen (1670), Leeuwarden (1675) en ten slotte vanaf november 1683 te Rotterdam. Hij vooral is bekend geworden door zijn boek Redelijke Godsdienst, een dogmatiek, bedoeld voor de gewone kerkleden. De Redelijke Godsdienst onderscheidt zich van veel andere overzichten van de geloofsleer door de vele toepassingen naar het persoonlijke leven. Naast meer dogmatische onderwerpen behandelt Brakel ook onderwerpen zoals dankbaarheid, het zingen van Psalmen en christelijke nederigheid. Door de laagdrempeligheid heeft dit boek veel invloed gehad op de rechterflank van het protestantisme, met name bij de bevindelijk gereformeerden. Het boek wordt ook vandaag nog gelezen door onder andere leden van de Hersteld Hervormde Kerk en de Gereformeerde Gemeenten. In het jaar 2006 is er nog een herdruk geweest van de Redelijke Godsdienst, terwijl het boek recent in het Engels vertaald is. (nl)
  • Wilhelmus à Brakel (2 January 1635, Leeuwarden – 30 October 1711, Rotterdam), a contemporary of Voetius and Witsius, was a major representative of the Dutch Further Reformation (known in Dutch as De Nadere Reformatie). This movement was contemporaneous with and greatly influenced by English Puritanism. Scholars in the Netherlands have defined this movement as follows: “The Dutch Second Reformation is that movement within the Dutch Reformed Church during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which, as a reaction to the declension or absence of a living faith, made both the personal experience of faith and godliness matters of central importance. From that perspective the movement formulated substantial and procedural reformation initiatives, submitting them to the proper ecclesiastical, political, and social agencies, and/or in conformity therewith pursued in both word and deed a further reformation of the church, society, and state.” à Brakel and his ministry functioned at the approximate center of this Pietistic movement, both historically and theologically. On a time line, beginning in 1606 with the ministry of the father of the Nadere Reformatie, Willem Teellinck, and terminating in 1784 with the death of Theodorus Vander Groe, à Brakel's ministry (particularly his most important pastorate in Rotterdam from 1683–1711) marks the center of this time line. However, more significantly, his ministry represents a remarkable balance of the Nadere Reformatie relative to both its early and concluding stages. His prominence as a major representative of this movement is largely due to his magnum opus The Christian’s Reasonable Service. After its initial publication in 1700, this four volume work was quickly recognized as a monumental contribution to the literature of the Nadere Reformatie. It has been argued by scholars that this work is a synthesis of the best Puritan literature published in England and the Netherlands. Nadere Reformatie scholar, F. Earnest Stoeffler puts it this way, “He supplied Reformed Pietism with a theological textbook which…came out of a tradition wholly native to the Netherlands. In it he…preserved the balance between the mystical and ethical elements in Christianity which is so characteristic of the great Pietists in the Reformed communion.” As a result of this work, à Brakel has permanently endeared himself to hearts of Reformed believers in the Netherlands. Already during his lifetime, the affection for him was such that he was fondly referred to as “Father Brakel”—a title by which he is known in the Netherlands until this day. For more than three centuries the influence of The Christian’s Reasonable Service has been such that “Father Brakel” continues to be the most influential of all the representatives of the Nadere Reformatie (frequently referred to today as Dutch Puritanism). Since the publication of The Christian’s Reasonable Service in English, his influence is growing steadily among both scholars and lovers of Puritan literature as well. The uniqueness of à Brakel's work lies in the fact that it is more than a systematic theology. His selection of the title is already an indication that it was not merely his intention to present a systematic explanation of Christian dogma to the public. In selecting the words of Romans 12:1 as the basis for his title, à Brakel not only wished to indicate that it is an entirely reasonable matter for man to serve the God who has so graciously revealed Himself in His Son Jesus Christ by means of His Word, but he primarily wished to convey that God demands from man that he serve Him in spirit and in truth, doing so in an intelligent, reasonable, and godly manner. à Brakel wrote this work for church members—not for theologians, though it was his wish that they benefit from it as well. This explains why this work is permeated with practical application of the doctrines he so thoroughly explains. à Brakel's intent in writing is inescapable: He intensely wished that the truths expounded may become an experiential reality in the hearts of those who read. He establishes the crucial relationship between objective truth and the subjective experience of that truth. Experiential theology explains how the doctrines of Scripture become an experiential reality in the hearts and lives of believers. One could say that experiential religion is doctrine experienced. It is unquestionably à Brakel’s intense desire that his exposition of the doctrines of Scripture would lead to the experience of the reality of these doctrines. Once you grasp this, you will observe how in the theological sections of his chapters he lays the ground work for the experiential application. His aim in “doing theology” is the edification of the believer. He does this by describing what the experiential application of the expounded doctrine should be, and by describing what it often is when believers struggle to appropriate the precious truths of Scripture. (en)
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  • Wilhelmus à Brakel, né le 2 janvier 1635 à Leeuwarden et mort le 30 octobre 1711 à Rotterdam, est un ministre du culte réformé dans les Provinces-Unies. Il est le plus estimé représentant de la période moyenne du mouvement néerlandais Nadere reformatie (1600-1750). Ce dernier est similaire au puritanisme anglais et coïncide dans le temps avec lui. (fr)
  • Wilhelmus à Brakel (* 2. Januar 1635 in Leeuwarden; † 30. Oktober 1711 in Rotterdam) war ein reformierter Geistlicher in der Tradition der Näheren Reformation. Sein Vater Theodorus Gerardus à Brakel war ebenfalls Prediger. Durch die gute Verständlichkeit hatte das Buch einen großen Einfluss auf den rechten Flügel des Protestantismus. Das Buch wird auch heute noch von den Mitgliedern verschiedener calvinistischer Gemeinden in den Niederlanden gelesen. Um das Jahr 2000 erschien nochmals ein Nachdruck. (de)
  • Wilhelmus à Brakel (Leeuwarden, 2 januari 1635 - Rotterdam, 30 oktober 1711) was een Nederlands predikant die stond in de traditie van de Nadere Reformatie. Wilhelmus à Brakel was een zoon van de Friese predikant Theodorus à Brakel. Hij studeerde theologie aan de Universiteit van Franeker en Utrecht. Hij was predikant te Exmorra (1662), Stavoren (1665), Harlingen (1670), Leeuwarden (1675) en ten slotte vanaf november 1683 te Rotterdam. (nl)
  • Wilhelmus à Brakel (2 January 1635, Leeuwarden – 30 October 1711, Rotterdam), a contemporary of Voetius and Witsius, was a major representative of the Dutch Further Reformation (known in Dutch as De Nadere Reformatie). This movement was contemporaneous with and greatly influenced by English Puritanism. Scholars in the Netherlands have defined this movement as follows: (en)
  • Wilhelm à Brakel, pastore evangelico riformato dei Paesi Bassi è forse il più stimato rappresentante del periodo della storia olandese chiamato Nadere Reformatie (1600-1750), chiamato anche della "Seconda Riforma" che coincide strettamente per quanto riguarda il tempo, ma anche per ispirazione ideale, a quello del Puritanesimo inglese. Suo padre Theodorus Gerardus à Brakel era anche pastore evangelico. È leader riconosciuto del primo Pietismo olandese, promotore di un risveglio spirituale della chiesa che correva il rischio di inaridirsi a causa dell'intellettualismo promosso dallo Scolasticismo protestante allora prevalente. (it)
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