Liberty and Concord in the United Provinces: Religious Toleration and the Public in the Eighteenth-Century Netherlands

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BRILL, 2003 - History - 564 pages
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This volume offers an outline of developments in the intellectual debate on religious liberty, religious toleration and religious concord in the eighteenth-century Netherlands. Emphasizing changes in the relations between religious belief and the public sphere, it seeks to add new perspectives to recent analyses of toleration. Each chapter of this book discusses a different aspect of the eighteenth-century Dutch toleration debate. On the basis of a large number of sources, and paying particular attention to minor writers, a broad variety of topics is treated, ranging from the official Reformed confessions and legal scholarship to unionism, apologetics, sociability, and the press. This study extends contemporary analyses of early modern thought on toleration to the end of the eighteenth century.
  

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Contents

Chapter Two Containing Sects
29
Chapter Three Variations in Consensus
69
Chapter Four Rapprochement in Dissent
141
CIVILIZATION
191
Chapter Five Free Republics Alien Civilizations
201
Chapter Six Advancing Fundamentals
309
MORAL PRACTICE
369
Chapter Seven Qualities of the Polite Christian
381
AND COMMERCE
398
The Pursuit of Civilization
477
ShortTitle Bibliography of Sources
495
Bibliography of Secondary Works
529
Index of Names
551
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About the author (2003)

Joris van Eijnatten, Ph.D. (1993), teaches early modern history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has published extensively on Dutch intellectual and religious culture, including Mutua Christianorum Tolerantia (Olschki, 1998).

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