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 single society that tolerated spiritual dissenters of all persuasions in early glossy Europe. satirically, it was once devoted to a strictly Calvinist public Church and likewise to the renovation of non secular plurality. R. Po-chia Hsia and Henk van Nierop have introduced jointly a bunch of top historians from the U.K., the U.S. and the Netherlands. Their remarkable essays probe the historical past and fable of Dutch non secular toleration.
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Spinoza in der Fr¨uhzeit seiner religi¨osen Wirkung (Heidelberg, ), pp. –; W. van Bunge and W. ), Disguised and Overt Spinozism around (Leiden, ); W. van Bunge, ‘On the Early Dutch Reception of the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus’, Studia Spinozana (), –. Religious toleration in the United Provinces contrasted strongly with what were after all moderate forms of toleration propagated by John Locke or even Pierre Bayle. Because of this it constituted a formidable threat to the Christian order.
Willem Frijhoff towards a ‘confessionalisation’ which had proved its worth in neighbouring countries. The organic link between religious toleration and commercial prosperity was established as early as in Les D´elices de la Hollande printed fifteen times between and , not to mention translations – by Jean-Nicolas de Parival from Lorraine, a master of languages, settled in Leiden. Praise for the ‘Dutch model’ was then chiefly used to criticise intolerance at home and to offer an alternative which seemed to have proved its worth in Holland.
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 .
Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age by R. Po-chia Hsia (Editor), Henk van Nierop (Editor)