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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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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],

Series 2: Articles and PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Calvin's Missing "One Word on the Heidelberg CatechismAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "The Kingdom of God in the History of the CRC" --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Doctoral Deliverances of Dort" --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Predestination: A Calvinistic Note" --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Missions- The Heidelberg Catechism and Calvin"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Toward a Reformed Hermeneutic" --- 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Henry Boer's Battle Against Reprobation" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Revelation and Scripture in Existentialist Theology"Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The History and Literature of Systematic TheologyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Critical Evaluation of Modern Trends"Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "The Uniqueness of Reformed Theology" --- 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Justification by Faith"Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Covenant Theology Today" --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Analysis of John Calvin's Institutes"Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Theology, Confession and the Church"Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes on The Apostles CreedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: RES Discussion "God With Us" --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Dogmatic Theology"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "Neo-Orthodoxy"Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Analysis of Niebuhr's Meaning of Revelation" --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Various Published ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Monograph "Quest for the Historical Jesus"Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Adult Bible Studies (Church Groups)Add 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],

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