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Room For Debate: A Question Of Tolerance?

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Coornhert himself acknowledged that the growing intolerance of the Reformed ministers was his primary motive for taking a stand against the Reformed Church, a stand that led to, and included, the public debates in Leiden and The Hague. It is generally accepted that Coornhert's 'spiritualism' influenced his ideas about toleration. One of the grounds for freedom of religion that Bonger discerns in his works is the 'spiritualist' one. It can be found, for instance, in the line that faith must be seen as a gift of God. Coornhert spoke of freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, of concord and, in even more general terms, of peace and love of neighbour. Moeller has also criticized the work of Hollerbach and Fuchs as presenting the Reformation as a continual series of disputations.

Keywords: Coornhert; Hollerbach; religious disputations; spiritualism; tolerance

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