"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Holland's Post-Secular Future

A very interesting article on a possible religious revival in the Netherlands. Two things to note in particular. First, that immigration into the Netherlands has been more Christian than Muslim. (I've had friends tell me about attending churches where African and Asian immigrants had come in and bought old liberal churches and turned them into vibrant evangelical ones). Second (and this isn't in the article) in spite of the fact that the Dutch are and have long been the most secular of European countries, they have also historically been quite religious. In the late 19th century, the Dutch were the country who had the highest percentage of individuals with no religious affiliation and the country with very devout (and politically powerful) conservative Catholic and Calvinist communities. Perhaps something similar might emerge in the 21st century...perhaps.

1 comment:

Hunter Baker said...

That article shocked me and I discounted the likely seriousness of it until I read the author's byline. He actually looks pretty legit. I wouldn't doubt for a minute that the surge of Islam has created a greater interest in Hollanders' Christian tradition among young people.