Whose religion? Whose Tolerance? A Response to Jonathan Israel

In yesterday's post, Aukje Muller and Roos Feringa provided a summary of a public lecture delivered by Prof Jonathan Israel at the University of Groningen. CRCPD Director Erin Wilson was one of three scholars asked to give a response to Prof Israel's talk. These remarks are published in today's post. Tolerance is something that many …

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Toleration in the Dutch Republic – A changing picture? A summary of Prof Jonathan Israel’s Lecture at the University of Groningen

On Wednesday 4 November 2015, Jonathan Israel gave a University Colloquium lecture in Groningen, organised by Studium Generale. In his talk, Israel focused on the still very relevant notion of tolerance in the Dutch Republic, from the early Enlightenment period onwards. In today’s post, Aukje Muller and Roos Feringa summarise and review Prof Israel’s lecture. During the …

“Culture” or “religion”? Understanding the popularity of the Passion

The Passion comes to Groningen in 2014. A hugely popular event, it raises many questions at the same time. Is it a form of religion reasserting itself in the public sphere? Is it a purely cultural event, as some commentators suggest? Is it a combination of the two? What are its political and social implications? …

Is the ‘new’ religious engagement really all that new? The need for reflection on the underlying values and assumptions in the engagement with religion

In this post, Brenda Bartelink draws on her research on faith based development organisations in the Netherlands and Uganda, and Dutch initiatives to engage with religion to raise some critical points for reflection on the new US Office for Faith-Based Community Initiatives . Following on from last week’s post on this new office,  she points …

The Passion: Encroaching religion, cultural heritage or signs of postsecularism?

Last Thursday evening, Nederland Een broadcast the live performance of The Passion from The Hague. Erin Wilson provides an outsider’s perspective on this emerging ritual in Dutch public life. As a recent immigrant to the Netherlands, one of the most secularized countries in Europe, the last thing I expected to be doing on Maundy Thursday …