Check the history books and you’ll see how Dutch statesman and theologian, Abraham Kuyper played a big role in reviving Calvinism in the late 1800s.
He was a true believer in the separation of church and state as he and other lawmakers of his time took it upon themselves to follow in the footsteps of Calvin in breaking the yoke of Catholicism in the country.
Oh, there were beautiful Gothic church buildings alright, but it was the atheist majority that took me totally unawares.
I remember visiting a few nightclubs and bars only to find out that they were once churches. But if you observe the Dutch closely you’d definitely notice a Calvinist nature to them.
I find it quite fascinating that a people with an atheist majority still model their lives around the teachings of a 16th-century religious preacher like John Calvin.
Before we go any further on the Calvinist nature of the Dutch, let us find out what Calvinism is all about.
Although born into a family of the Catholic faith, he converted to Protestantism in 1533 after studying philosophy, humanism and law.