Rethinking Secularization: Reformed Reactions to Modernity (The Calvin Center Series)

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Rethinking Secularization challenges the theme that modernity has led to secularization. Drawing on 16 case studies of the Reformed community around the globe, this volume shows that religious vitality at the personal level is often evident in the face of secularization on the national or denominational level. The sixteen articles consider aspects of the recent history of the Dutch Reformed community, both in the Netherlands and in diaspora. Sociologists, historians, and theologians have contributed to this multicultural analysis, which spans the globe from the Netherlands to South Africa, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States. Subjects under investigation range from 'Christian' organizations (such as Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo) to denominations in transition (such as the Amish, Mennonites, and Reformed responses to sabbatarian traditions) to broader theological trends (such as changing theological formulations in the wake of apartheid in South Africa). Contributors: Gerard Dekker, Lynn Winkels Japinga, Robert P. Swierenga, Dirk Th. Kuiper, Harry A. Van Belle, Dennis N. Voskuil, Bonganjalo Goba, Mark R. Mullins, Bradley G. Breems, Hijme C. Stoffels, Marthy P. Veerman, Hendrik J. C. Pieterse, Michael L. Yoder, James M. Penning, Corwin E. Smidt, Roger J. Nemeth, Donald A. Luidens, Richard E. Houskamp, and Roger R. Rice.

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Gerard Dekker is a Professor at Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Donald A. Luidens is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Rodger R. Rice is a Professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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A much-needed international comparison of the fate of the Dutch Reformed diaspora in dealing with (and mostly compromising with) modernity. The sustained focus on Peter Berger's terms for dealing with modernity ties the quite disparate essays together.>>> (Beau Weston)

A much-needed international comparison of the fate of the Dutch Reformed diaspora in dealing with (and mostly compromising with) modernity. The sustained focus on Peter Berger's terms for dealing with modernity ties the quite disparate essays together. (Beau Weston)

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