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The &t;professionalization&t; of the Netherlands Reformed ministry in the nineteenth century can be analyzed, in terms of the power relations among five parties: the profession itself (the ministry), the Dutch state, the universities (particularly the faculties of theology), related professions, and the clientele (the members of the congregation). In this chapter, the author summarizes how those power relations changed in the course of the century. The notion that congregation-building went hand in hand with nation-building became less convincing after 1840, when the state (under the new King William II) began to disengage from institutionalized religion. The three parties that had once gotten along so well politicians, professors, and ministers of religionbegan to drift apart. Modern Theology was also due to the growing influence of congregations.

Keywords: congregation-building; modern theology; Netherlands Reformed ministry; Reformed Church



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