Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age by R. Po-chia Hsia (Editor), Henk van Nierop (Editor)

By R. Po-chia Hsia (Editor), Henk van Nierop (Editor)

Dutch society has loved a name, or notoriety, for permissiveness because the 16th century. The Dutch Republic within the Golden Age used to be the one society that tolerated non secular dissenters of all persuasions in early sleek Europe. satirically, it used to be dedicated to a strictly Calvinist public Church and in addition to the maintenance of spiritual plurality. R. Po-chia Hsia and Henk van Nierop have introduced jointly a gaggle of prime historians from the U.K., the U.S. and the Netherlands. Their extraordinary essays probe the heritage and fable of Dutch non secular toleration.

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By contrast, until the Enlightenment to tolerate something meant merely to ‘souffrir’, or grudgingly concede its existence. Tolerance, by its nature, attributed a basic illegitimacy to what was being tolerated, just as Kossmann says.  Adding to the confusion, scholars define tolerance variously as an ideology, attitude, pattern of social behaviour, governmental policy, or legal structure. How much tolerance they find in the Republic seems to depend largely on their choice of definition. Measuring degrees of tolerance, however, may not be the best way to advance historical understanding.

Bergsma, ‘Calvinismus in Friesland um  am Beispiel der Stadt Sneek’, Archiv f¨ur Reformationsgeschichte  (), –, and W. Bergsma, Tussen Gideonsbende en publieke kerk. F. M. Abels, Nieuw en ongezien. Kerk en samenleving in de classis Delft en Delfland –,  vols. (Delft, ). B. ), The Dutch Dissenters. A Critical Companion to Their History and Ideas (Leiden, ); A. Hamilton, S. Voolstra, and P. ), From Martyr to Muppy. A Historical Introduction to Cultural Assimilation Processes of a Religious Minority in the Netherlands: The Mennonites (Amsterdam, ).

These images   H. M´echoulan, Amsterdam au temps de Spinoza: argent et libert´e (Paris, ). These characteristics are put forward in: Frijhoff and Spies, : Bevochten eendracht.  Willem Frijhoff overlapped and succeeded one another, while at the same time occasionally contradicting one other. To understand their meaning and impact, we must look back at their evolution.  In  the Seventeen Provinces which since  constituted the BurgundianHabsburg territory of the Low Countries split into two, forming the southern Union of Arras faithful to the sovereign ( January ) and in the north that of Utrecht ( January ) which abjured the king on  July .

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