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First published in 1700, The Christian’s Reasonable Service (De Redelijke Godsdienst) ran through 20 Dutch editions in the eighteenth century alone! The title is derived from Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” It expresses what God requires from man, and particularly from the Christian, that he serve him in Spirit and in truth—intelligently, rationally, and in harmony with and response to God’s revelation of himself: his Word. With a decidedly Puritan flavor and representing Reformed experiential religion at its best, Wilhelmus à Brakel systematically moves through the major doctrines of the Bible in hopes of seeing the minds of God’s people renewed for the purpose of promoting godliness. Throughout his work, but particularly in the practical application of each doctrine, à Brakel strives unceasingly to exalt the name of Jesus as the name that the Father has given above every other name—there being no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). This volume addresses God, Man, and Christ.

Author Bio

Wilhelmus à Brakel (2 January 1635, Leeuwarden – 30 October 1711, Rotterdam) was a Reformed minister in the Netherlands. He is arguably the most esteemed representative of Middle Period of the Dutch Further Reformation (1600–1750) (also known as the Dutch Second Reformation, or in Dutch as the Nadere Reformatie). The Dutch Further Reformation is similar to and coincides closely in time with English Puritanism.


This title is included as a part of the following collection

  1. The Christian’s Reasonable Service (4 vols.)