Countless singulars: Dr. A. Mankes-Zernike (1887-1972) A Biography

Froukje Pitstra

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Abstract

Anne Zernike is often named as the first female minister in the Netherlands, belonging to the Mennonite Church. In fact, she served a much greater part of her life as a minister for the NPB in Rotterdam. The only Mennonite parish that she ever served, from 1911 until 1915, was that of Bovenknijpe (De Knipe) near Heerenveen. After her husband’s death in 1920, Anne Mankes-Zernike was not called by any Mennonite church, much to her distress. From her books and many publications we see the image of a very outspoken woman, a pacifist and anti-militarist, a radical liberal and leftist-modernist minister and theologian; too liberal for many Mennonites and Remonstants, and sometimes even too left-wing for the Liberals and the NPB. Her emphasis on the close relationship between theology and the arts and her passionate defence of radical liberalism made up the most important elements of her faith. The contours of these creeds could already be detected during her youth in Amsterdam.
Translated title of the contributionCountless singulars: Dr. A. Mankes-Zernike (1887-1972) A Biography
Original languageDutch
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Kuiper, Yme, Supervisor
  • Zock, Hetty, Supervisor
Award date3-Jul-2014
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-90-367-7080-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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