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The Netherlands: One Nation Under God? Christendom, Citizenship and the Re-Sacralization of National Loyalty


Pieter Dronkers


Protestant Theological University

April 21, 2011


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In a globalizing era, the loyalty of fellow-citizens has become a common concern in many liberal-democracies. Especially Muslim citizens are treated with suspicion. Often it is unclear, however, what kind of allegiance is expected. Taking the Netherlands as a case-study, this essay evaluates four conceptions of loyalty that are used in public debates. The focus is in particular on how religious traditions play a role in the construction of loyalty. From a normative-political and a theological perspective, the essay argues that a pragmatic-liberal understanding of loyalty recognizes most adequately both the importance of civic allegiance and the liberty of citizens to live in accordance with their faith.

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Keywords: Multiculturalism, The Netherlands, Religion, Loyalty

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Date posted: April 25, 2011  

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Dronkers, Pieter, The Netherlands: One Nation Under God? Christendom, Citizenship and the Re-Sacralization of National Loyalty (April 21, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1818122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1818122

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Pieter Dronkers (Contact Author)
Protestant Theological University ( email )
Heidelberglaan 2
Utrecht, Utrecht 3508 TC
Netherlands
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