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"That Fellow With The White Bowtie" – Theologians In Dutch Literary Life

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The pastor-poet (dominee-dichter) is one of the best-known figures in Dutch literary history. To this very day, Dutch scholars are intrigued by the way in which Beets and his circle combined poetry and the ministry. But we have no clear picture of these men of God and letters, who proved themselves Ministers of the Word in more than one sense. The rise of theologians in Dutch letters is one aspect of the development of the clerical profession in the first half of the nineteenth century, as its members were admitted to the Dutch cultural elite. This development was closely tied to the integration of theology students into university life.

Keywords: clerical profession; Dutch literary Life; pastor-poet; theologians

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