Friday, February 5, 2010

Religious tolerance in the Netherlands...

The Netherlands is still living up to its age-old reputation for religious tolerance. A protestant church in Zeeland has ruled that one of its ministers, Klaas Hendrikse, can continue to preach even though he’s been labelled “an atheist”. An internal inquiry was ordered after conservative church members balked at the minister’s publication of a book entitled Believing in a God that doesn’t exist in which he argued that God does not exist but “happens”.

Tension mounted within the church, with the minister refusing to defend himself at a local session because he no longer wished to be branded “a suspect”. The church has now concluded that the minister’s words do not damage the foundation of the church and “can be seen as part of the theological debate”. It looks as if they haven’t entirely succeeded in papering over the cracks, however. The offending minister himself responds by saying “If my view is allowed, then there’s something wrong with the foundations of the church.”

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