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The Road from Enlightenment to Indifference. Unbelief in Flanders
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The Road from Enlightenment to Indifference. Unbelief in Flanders

(Jeffrey Tyssens) The Low Countries - 2002, № 10, pp. 42-47

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The article begins with a discussion of the ‘Flemish Enlightenment' in the 18th century and militant freethinking in the 19th century. As old ideological oppositions – belief v. unbelief – dissolve in today's secularised society, most non-believers – Freemasons, for example – see little or nothing of relevance to their everyday life in organised unbelief. Contemporary Flanders is therefore characterised more by religious indifference than by widespread conscious atheism

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