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The Light Of Scholarship – Theologians, Academia, And The Church

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&t;A Protestant Church no longer illumined by the light of scholarship is no longer Protestant. &t;The radical separation of church and state mandated in the days of the Batavian Revolution was in many ways reversed by subsequent regimes. While those later regimes shared the goal of eliminating the privileges of the &t;formerly dominant church,&t; they went about it in a different way: by extending the same treatment to other denominations. This approach emulated not the American model of church-state relations but the French one. There was a similar volte-face on faculties of theology, which had traditionally trained only Reformed pastors, thus embodying a special relationship between that church and the state. The synodical troika of the state, the church, and academia began to fall apart. That was mainly due to the national government's change in stance; the Reformed Church and its ministers were confronted with parties previously distanced.

Keywords: Batavian Revolution; faculties of theology; light of scholarship; Protestant Church; Reformed Church



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