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Fred Klooster Collection

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Title: Fred Klooster Collection, 1952-1997Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/453

Primary Creator: Klooster, Fred (1922-2003)

Extent: 7.9 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. The collection includes materials on theological, doctrinal, ethical, and confessional matters; reports, minutes and correspondence detailing synodical committees, i.e., Interchurch Relations, Form of Subscription, Report 44 of 1972, Confessions, Heidelberg Catechism, and SCORR; minutes for the Meeter Center; articles; papers; materials on the alternate seminary and women's issue controversy; correspondence; letters of call; course materials; home missionary reports; retirement materials; and material on the Gerald Klooster court case with clippings, articles, correspondence, court proceedings, and videos. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Fred H. Klooster was born in Munster, Indiana on December 23, 1922.  While attending Chicago Christian High, Klooster's Bible teacher told him he had the ability to become a pastor and encouraged him to pursue an education in ministry. Klooster took his teacher's word to heart and enrolled at Calvin College. After graduating with his B.A. in 1942, he went on to Calvin Theological Seminary where he earned his Th.B. in 1947. Klooster decided to further his education by obtaining his Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1949.  Klooster had the honor of studying as a Fulbright scholar at the Free University of Amsterdam, earning his Th.D. in 1951.

Once he completed his education, Klooster was ordained on September 21, 1952 at South Holland, Illinois. He served as a Home missionary in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois until 1953. Klooster went on to become a lecturer at his alma mater, Calvin College, from 1953 to 1956. Klooster accepted the position of Professor of Dogmatics at the Seminary, and later taught Systematic Theology. Over the course of 35 years, he proudly prepared several generations of pastors for the CRC. Klooster retired in 1988.

Klooster's real passion was teaching, but he also enjoyed writing and scholarly research on the Heidelberg Catechism. He has written many articles and books including Our Only Comfort: A Comprehensive Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, 2001. He was also the founding editor of the Calvin Theological Journal.  He served his church in many capacities as well, such as serving on numerous synodical committees and leadership roles in the Reformed Ecumenical Synod.

On a personal level, Klooster married Leona De Waard in 1946. Together they had five children. When Klooster was not teaching, writing, or involved with a committee, he was gardening, playing ping-pong, or running around with his family.  Fred H. Klooster passed away due to subdural hematoma on December 27, 2003 at the age of 81.


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[Series 1: [General Materials]],
[Series 2: Articles and Papers],
[Series 3: Academic Materials, 1961-1996],
[Series 4: Committee Materials, 1982-1997],
[Series 5: Academic Materials, 1982-1997],
[Series 6: Correspondence],
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Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical informationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Retirement Articles and DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes on Thesis: "The Incomprehensibility of God in the Orthodox Presbyterian Conflict"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Outline for a Study of the Heidelberg CatechismAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Final draft of Catechism Comparisons --- April 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Article on the Heidelberg Catechism written for Psalter Hymnal Handbook --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Material dealing with publication of A Mighty ComfortAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Material on evaluation of Dutch confession "God Met Ons"Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Two Latin catechismsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech to Bible conferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Articles on the Westminster Assembly and ConfessionAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "Reflections upon the Document - Communion of Saints," paperAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Reformed Confessions and the Identity of the Church," paperAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes of Report 44 Study CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Report 44 Committee memosAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Commentaries on Report 44Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence with Report 44 CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Papers on biblical authority (various authors)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Seminarian N. Overduin paper on Report 44Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Report 44 Committee Report to Synod --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Dordt College Conference on Biblical Authority --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Papers by Report 44 committee members on biblical authorityAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Papers/articles on Report 44 (by non-committee members)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Appeals to Synod re: Report 44Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Report 44 Committee Member comments on final reports for committee meetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Report to the (6) Midwest CRC classes re: Report 44 --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence between Report 44 committee membersAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Klooster correspondence re: Report 44Add to your cart.
Folder 16-17: Correspondence received re: Report 44Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Banner articles on Report 44Add to your cart.
Item 1: Guardian articlesAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Reformed Journal articlesAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Christian Beacon articleAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Outlook articlesAdd to your cart.
Item 5: De Wachter articleAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: RES Conference on Scripture --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reformed Ecumenical Synod CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: NAE Theology Committee materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: National Association of Evangelicals materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Presbyterian Confession of 1967 materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: CRC/RCA Relations materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Discussions between Interchurch Relations Committee and PCAAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Discussions between Interchurch Relations Committee and RCAAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Discussions between Interchurch Relations Committee and OPCAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Interchurch Relations Committee minutes --- 1988-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 11: D. Feddes vs. Neal Punt on UniversalismAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: The Theology of the New HermeneuticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Willis De Boer materialAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],
[Series 2: Articles and Papers],
[Series 3: Academic Materials, 1961-1996],
[Series 4: Committee Materials, 1982-1997],
[Series 5: Academic Materials, 1982-1997],
[Series 6: Correspondence],
[All]


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