The year 2022 marks the fifth centenary of the birth of the reformer of the Netherlands, Guy de Bres. In this two-day conference we look back at his life and work on ‘The Staffe of the Christian Faith’ and the Making of the Belgic Confession.

Guy de Bres

Was born c.1522 in Mons (Bergen) in the southern Low Countries, sought refuge in England during the reign of Edward VI and came back to serve the Reformed Church of Lille (Rijssel). Having composed ‘The Staffe of the Christian Faith’ (1555) he travelled to Lausanne and Geneva for further studies. In 1559 he returned to serve the underground Churches until his martyrdom (1567).

Le baston

The second reason for this conference is the forthcoming edition of his first work, Le baston de la foy chrestienne, prepared by Dr. Wim Moehn. In this patristic anthology – a bestseller with some twenty editions in ten years – we see the author developing his knowledge of the Church Fathers and honing his systematic theological skills. The text of the first (1555) and last edition (1565) is presented with full annotation of all the quotations.

The lecturers have chosen a topic from Le baston and could work on proof prints of the relevant chapter. Their lectures will present groundbreaking research.


Thursday, 3 November

  • 13:30-13:40    Opening
    13:40-14:10    Wim Moehn: De Brès research 2022 – evaluation of what has been done and invitation with a view to the future
    14:10-14:40    Herman Selderhuis: The Chapter on the Church (de l’Èglise) in Le Baston
    14:40-14:45    Discussion
    14:45-15:05    Coffee / Tea Break
    15:05-15:35    Lyle Bierma: Baptism in Le Baston
    15:35-16:05    In-Sub Ahn: A Comparison of Le Baston and Confessio Belgica on Church and State
    16:05-16:20    Discussion

Friday, 4 November

  • 13:30-13:40    Second Opening
    13:40-14:10    Tony Lane: Merit and Justification in Le Baston
    14:10-14:40    Gianmarco Braghi: Le catalogue des Docteurs et Conciles and/or The Catalogue of the Church Fathers and Councils in Le Baston
    14:40-14:45    Discussion
    14:45-15:05    Coffee / Tea Break
    15:05-15:35    Byunghoon Kang: The Chapter on the Confession (De la confession à Dieu, et de la reconciliation avec le prochain) in Le Baston
    15:35-16:05    Erik de Boer: De Bres’ Last and Unfinished Work ‘De la Messe’ (On the Mass), Embedded in the Procedures Tenues
    16:05-16:20    Discussion
    16:20-17:00    Reception / Closing