De plaats van de godsdienstwetenschap in de theologie | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 46, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



The relation of science of religion with theology in the Netherlands is the topic of this paper. In the course of history it can be characterized by a love-hate relationship. Eventhough many scientists of comparative religion used this discipline in order to prove the superiority of Christianity over all the other forms of religion, they were looked at by many theologians with distrust. At present a different situation is emerging in the Netherlands: there are increasing numbers of young people who by no means like to be dependent on the established churches. Yet they do believe and have to be looked after. Are they not a new object of research and, study for the ever shrinking theological faculties and should this study not involve fully and free from any distrust science of religion?


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