Donald J Bruggink's Contribution to Reformed Church in America Historiography

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Elton J. Bruins

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Just as Edward Tanjore Corwin was the principal historian of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) during the nineteenth century, Donald J. Bruggink is its principal historian in the twentieth century. Corwin made his contribution by producing four editions of the Manual of the Reformed Church in America, a mother lode of Reformed Church history, and A Digest of Constitutional and Synodical Legislation of the Reformed Church in America, an invaluable source on the work of the General Synod. Bruggink made his noteworthy contribution by founding and editing the Historical Series of the RCA and bringing forth thirty volumes between 1967 and 1999. The impact of Corwin's work can be readily attested to; we must now take note of the impact and success of Bruggink's prodigious labors as general editor of the series which have contributed so much to a better understanding of many segments of RCA history.

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Reformed Church in America -- History; Reformed Church in America -- Bibliography; Church history -- Historiography; Bruggink, Donald J.
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