Servants of the Kingdom: Professionalization among Ministers of the Nineteenth-Century Netherlands Reformed Church

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2010 Hardback NEAR FINE Hardback, xxii, 482 pp., This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher-Print on ... Demand title, produced to the highest standard, and there would be a delay in dispatch of around 15 working days. Hardback-Minister of the Word, shepherd and teacher?the titles of Dutch pastors exude authority and prestige. In the course of the nineteenth century, however, their social position was slowly undermined by the separation of church and state, the emancipation of Catholics and dissenters, and the rise of all sorts of secular ?shepherds? and ?teachers. ? This work of historical sociology analyzes the development of the profession of pastor in the Netherlands Reformed Church, focusing on pastors' changing relationships with the state, the universities, other professions, and their own congregants. It paints a surprising, lively, and often humorous picture of nineteenth-century ecclesiastical and religious life, and of the many Read more Show Less

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Minister of the Word, shepherd and teacher—the titles of Dutch pastors exude authority and prestige. In the course of the nineteenth century, however, their social position was slowly undermined by the separation of church and state, the emancipation of Catholics and dissenters, and the rise of all sorts of secular “shepherds” and “teachers.” This work of historical sociology analyzes the development of the profession of pastor in the Netherlands Reformed Church, focusing on pastors’ changing relationships with the state, the universities, other professions, and their own congregants. It paints a surprising, lively, and often humorous picture of nineteenth-century ecclesiastical and religious life, and of the many areas of Dutch society and culture where pastors made their mark—in particular, the literary world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004183926
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Series: Brill's Series in Church History Series
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Bos, Ph.D. (1999) in Social Science, University of Amsterdam, is Lecturer in the History of Christianity at Utrecht University, and Lectuer in Sociology at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences (Amsterdam).

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Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION

Historical Passages Terminology Sources Acknowledgements

INTRODUCTION

The Social Position of Pastors Disagreements - Mixed Feelings - A Family Affair - Dimensions of Inequality -Differences in Development Professions, Professionalism, and Professionalization Professional Ties - Noble Motives - A New Complex - Strategic Action - Discussion The Design of This Study

CHAPTER I: “FOR THE PULPIT AND CONGREGATION” - THE WORK OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY MINISTERS

Preaching Worship Rites of Passage Birth - Marriage - Burial
“Religious Education”
The Lord’s Supper Pastoral Care Visitation of the Sick - Assisting the Condemned A Sense of Social Calling Poor Relief - Abstinence and Temperance - Sunday Schools Conclusion

CHAPTER II: “OFFICIALS WITH THE TITLE OF PROPHET” - THE REFORMED CHURCH IN KING WILLIAM’S REALM

A Governing Elite A Church Association
“Improvement of the Status of Preachers”
“A Circle of Reverend Men”
“Folly, Vanity, Damnation!”: Discontent with the Enlightenment
“Secessionism”
Conclusion

CHAPTER III: “THE LIGHT OF SCHOLARSHIP” - THEOLOGIANS, ACADEMIA, AND THE CHURCH

Digression: Higher Education for Dissenting Ministers Theological Education: The Struggle for Control
“Uplifting” the Congregation: the Groningen School The Flock Leading its Shepherds: Theologians versus the Laity A Protestant nation?
“Personal Relations between Professors and the Reformed Church”
Professors at the Synod Conclusion

CHAPTER IV: “THE YOUNG CLERIC” - THE LIFE OF A THEOLOGY STUDENT

Recruitment
“Bowing, Groveling, Fawning”: The Life of a Proponent Theology on the Margins A College of Their Own A Map of Academy-Land Theology Students Go to War Theology Students and “the Corps”
Groningen - Leiden - Utrecht - Amsterdam Aspects of Integration The Senate - The Club - Good Morals - Feet on the Ground - Yearbook Committee Frat Boys and Oinks Conclusion

CHAPTER V: “THAT FELLOW WITH THE WHITE BOWTIE” - THEOLOGIANS IN DUTCH LITERARY LIFE

Pastor-professors Cultural Capital Formal Eloquence as Habitus Received Standard Dutch Theology Students as Romantics
“A Humoristic Revolution”
“How Do We Sound to Them?”: Theology and Practice Pastor-poets Conclusion

CHAPTER VI: “THE WORST OF THE FIVE” — THE RISE OF THE YOUNG DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY

“A Divine Beginning”
Background The Rise of the Young Doctor Theological Societies University Essay Competitions In the Interest of Theology A Scholar in the Manse Eager Learners Modern Theology: “Faith plus Chemistry”
Building on Scholarship Academic Manners Experts and Laypeople Conclusion

CHAPTER VII: INEQUALITY AND FRATERNITY - THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF THE MINISTRY

Ministers-in-waiting Seniority Retirement Pensions - Early Retirement Career Alternatives Secondary Education - Journalism - Outside the Church Climbing the Career Ladder City and Country The Road to the City A Hierarchy of Congregations Pastors and Professors Very Reverend Gentlemen Publish or Perish Conclusion

CHAPTER VIII: SERVANTS OF THE CONGREGATION? - REFORMED PASTORS IN RELATION TO THEIR FLOCKS

Historical Background Abolition of Feudal Rights
“Called by God’s congregation, and hence by God himself”
Ethical Theology: “The Faith of the Congregation”
“The Dominion of the Bourgeoisie”: Church Elections
“The Right of the Congregations versus the Power of the Church”: Abraham Kuyper and the Neo-Calvinist Party The Church and the Masses: Abraham Kuyper and the Neo-Calvinist Party (II)
God and Mammon Theology Times Two The End of the Great Church: Abraham Kuyper and the Neo-Calvinist Party (III)
Conclusion

CONCLUSIONS

GLOSSARY Bilingual Glossary of Proper Names List of Abbreviations

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

SOURCES AND LITERATURE

INDEX

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