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Leonard Sweetman Jr. Collection, 1951-2002, undated

By Ed Gerritsen, February 2014

Collection Overview

Title: Leonard Sweetman Jr. Collection, 1951-2002, undated

ID: COLL/534

Creator: Sweetman Jr., Leonard (1924-)

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004


The collection (1951-2002) contains the research files and papers of Leonard Sweetman Jr. (1924-), an ordained minister and professor emeritus in Religion and Theology at Calvin College.  The material focus on Sweetman's work on missiology, world religions, faith, and social justice.

Biographical Note

Leonard Sweetman Jr. was born in 1924 in Paterson, New Jersey to Leonard Sweetman Sr. and Rose Sluisman. He graduated from Calvin College in 1948, from Calvin Theological Seminary with a ThB in 1951, attended the Kennedy School of Missions for two years beginning in 1953, and the Free University of Amsterdam with a ThD in 1962.  He was ordained a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America in 1951 and served as the pastor of several congregations and as a missionary to Japan (1955-1961). In 1964 he joined the Religion and Theology faculty of Calvin College, specializing in New Testament, Missiology, and World Religions.  He published papers and reviews in the Reformed Journal and the Banner. He retired in 1989, and then served as a volunteer translator (Dutch to English) in Heritage Hall of Calvin College until 2004.

Sweetman married Clara Timmerman in 1947, they have three children: Angelique (married to Clarence Dottery, Robert (married to Roseane Lopers), and Nora (married to Steven Cooper).

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Leonard Sweetman, 2004

Other Note: Acc. No. 04.40, 04.44

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Course Papers --- 1954
Item 1: “Millhands and Preachers"
Item 2: “The Heart of the Matter"
Item 3: “St. Francis Xavier"
Series 2: Articles
Box 1
Folder 2: "Toward More Biblical Studies," "The Gospel History," Reformed Journal --- 1951-1961
Folder 3: De Wachter --- 1961
Folder 4: "A Dutch Voice on Inspiration," "Illiterates, Theologians and Jesus," Reformed Journal --- 1960-1967
Folder 5: "The Biblical Concept of the Mission of the Church," The Japan Quarterly --- 1961
Folder 6: "What is Biblical Theology?" "The Hour Cometh and Now Is," Reformed Journal --- 1965
Folder 7: "Models of Man," Church Educators Journal --- May 1971
Folder 8: Report 36: "Room within Boundaries" --- Mar 1972
Folder 9: "Biblical Authority," Reformed Journal --- Apr 1972
Folder 10: "Church Responds to Charismatic Question" --- Oct 1973
Folder 11: "Taxi Driver and the Savage Cinema" --- Nov 1977
Folder 12: "By Grace Rescued from Despair," Calvinist Contact --- May 1978
Folder 13: "A Substitute Faith," "Christianity and Mysticism," Reformed Journal --- 1977-1978
Folder 14: "Thinking about the Reformed Faith," Reformed Journal --- Sep 1981
Folder 15: "Floating World" --- Mar 1981
Folder 16: "Gandhi, Symbol of Non-Violence," Banner --- Aug 1983
Folder 17: "Masakhana: Let us build Each Other, Reformed Review --- 1995
Folder 18: "To Leave the Church is to be in the Church," Perspectives --- Jan 1996
Folder 19: "Evolution of a Young Friesen Boy," "Children of the Day," Origins --- 1998 and 2002
Folder 20: "God's Unexpected and Surprising News," Dutch International Society Magazine --- Dec 1999
Series 3: Book Reviews
Box 1
Folder 21: Banner Book --- undated
Folder 22: "Stories of the Hindus" --- undated
Folder 23: Litany for Dedication of Meeter Center for Calvin Studies --- May 1982
Folder 24: "Jesus Son of Man," "Mysticism in the World Religions" --- undated
Folder 25: Paper: "Self-Affirmation and Self-Denial in John Calvin" --- undated
Folder 26: Paper: "History and the Gospels" --- undated
Folder 27: Speech: "What in the World is Happening?" Greenville, MI --- 1979
Folder 28: Book: "From Heart to Heart," edited by Sweetman --- undated
Folder 29: Lectures on Hinduism and Buddhism Give at Congregation Ahavas Israel and River Terrace Church --- 1984, 1992