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Mirjam Hofman

Similarities and differences between ‘evangelical’ and ‘reformed’ protestants in the Netherlands, 1750-1950

My research project deals with the relation between evangelical and reformed protestants in the Netherlands. According to a famous definition, evangelicals are characterized by their conversionism, activism, biblicism and crucicentrism. Their origins can be found in international revival-movements. Reformed protestants orient themselves on the Calvinistic reformation and acknowledge certain – ‘reformed’ – confessions of faith.

I want to know (1) how evangelical and reformed protestants in the Netherlands dealt with the past, when defining their own identity, (2) how the understanding of the past of both groups developed during the course of time, and (3) how the differences between the so-called memory-cultures of both groups can be explained. Since attitudes towards past, present and future are interwoven, expectations of the future will also be taken into account.

My ultimate aim is a historical overview of the relation between evangelical and reformed protestants in the Netherlands, to answer the question in which ways both groups are affiliated with each other, and in which ways they differ from each other.

I will try to answer my research question by looking at the position of the Moravian brethren in the Netherlands, the Dutch League of Free Evangelical Congregations (‘Bond van Vrije Evangelische Gemeenten’), and the so-called Maranatha movement around Johannes de Heer (1866-1961).

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