Willem Teellinck T-Shirt | PURITAN Collection

Willem Teellinck T-Shirt | PURITAN Collection

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Willem Teellinck was born in 1579 to a magistrate family in Zierikzee, a town in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands. Two Puritans had a profound influence on Teellinck. The first was William Ames (1576-1633), the other was William Perkins (1558-1602). Through them, he learned of the sanctification of life in all of its aspects fed by a deep personal religious life.

This became his ideal and goal for life. He tried to apply this worldview to his family life with his English wife, Martha Greendon, and also in his parish work. After studying theology at Leyden, he served as minister to parishes in Burgh-Hampstead (1606-1613) and Middleburg (1613-1629), both in Zeeland. Having kept intense contact with England through family ties and overseas travel, Teellinck also conducted services at the English parish, also named Middelburg. He passed away in 1629.

Willem Teellinck’s first book was published in 1608, the year regarded by many as the birth date of the Nadere Reformation. Because of this, Teellinck is often considered to be the father of the movement. Although Teellinck’s way of life made a deep impression upon his parishioners, the influence of his writings was much more important. In all, he wrote 127 works of which over sixty were published. Many of Teellink’s books are still available in the Dutch language. In the series, Classics of Reformed Spirituality, one can read “The Path of True Godliness” by Willem Teellinck translated by Dr. Annemie Godbehere.

- excerpted from Mr. Nicholaas Van Dam

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

Size guide

Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30