Protestantism, Globalization and the Democratic Constitutional State
Hans-Martien Ten Napel
Leiden Law School
RESHAPING PROTESTANTISM IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT, Volker Küster, ed., LIT, 2009
In this article I want to explore whether Calvinism has the potential to once again act as a force toward cultural liberty in today's world, and if so, to what extent. Because religion is of profound importance to one's identity, I will thereby focus on religious liberty. In paragraph two I will, first of all, indicate what the pluralist approach to constitutional democracy is about, that neo-Calvinists have developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Paragraphs three and four will then look at the prospects for this approach in the Netherlands, where it originated, and in other cultural contexts, respectively. I will round up with a conclusion in which I will refer to Alister E. McGrath's thesis about the end of mainline Protestantism.
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Date posted: March 31, 2010
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