High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

A Calvinist Country?
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A Calvinist Country?

(Mirjam van Veen) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 286-289

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For many people Calvinism is inextricably bound up with Dutch history and culture, and the commemoration of Calvin's five hundredth birthday in 2009 may well confirm that impression. Calvinism was an important feature in the Dutch landscape, but the same was true of other Christian persuasions. On a number of points, such as the tense relationship towards the government and an activist desire to improve the world, we may perhaps speak of a Calvinist influence. More important than Calvinism in the shaping of Dutch culture, however, was the country's religious diversity.

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