A revised and updated version of
Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010 by Tjitze Kuipers (2011)

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Laatste woord tot de conscientie van de leden der Synode door de vervolgde leden van den Kerkeraad van Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, J.A. Wormser 1886. 24 pp., 23cm.—ƒ0.30.
Published: November 1886.
On title page and cover: “Tot de Wet en de getuigenis! Zoo zij niet spreken naar dit woord, het zal zijn, dat zij geen dageraad zullen hebben!” Jesaia 8:20. “Ik toch heb mijnen Koning gezalfd over Sion, den berg mijner heiligheid!” Psalm 2:6.
Draft letter, see: 1886.18.
Next edition, see: 1886.23.
RKB 92.
ET: Final word to the conscience of the members of the synod by the prosecuted members of the Consistory of Amsterdam.

This letter was sent to the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church on November 15, 1886, along with the “Memorie van rechten in cas van revisie aan de Algemeene Synode van de Nederl. Herv. Kerk aangeboden door de vijf en zeventig bezwaarde Amsterdamsche kerkeraadsleden” [Statement of rights in the revision case offered to the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church by the seventy-five accused members of the Amsterdam Consistory] and the brochure Dr. Kuyper voor de Synode [Dr. Kuyper before the synod] (see 1886.17).

The statement gives an exposition of the grounds for the request sent to the full synod, which asked for revision of the synodical verdict of September 24, 1886. In De Heraut, no. 466, November 28, 1886, Kuyper contended that this letter was not a pamphlet but an act because it was read, changed here and there, and finally ratified by the suspended office holders (cf. 1886.18) before being officially sent to the synod. The case, which had already lasted nine months, had played itself out within the limits of the formal and procedural structures of the church. This “final word” marks a last-ditch effort to bring the case back into proper, that is, spiritual, perspective. The accused were prepared to reach a settlement with respect to administrative matters (cf. 1886.03) if the spiritual motives for the conflict could openly be broached.