History Of Religion In The Netherlands  

The Netherlands was a part of the Roman Empire and carried forward its religion strictly. Before Christianity entered the Netherlands this region consisted of Tribes namely Celtics and Germanic.

The Romans had captured much of the Netherlands mainly the southern part and practiced the Roman mythology .Religions including Judaism, Mithraism, and Egyptian myths and also Christianity were considered and believed throughout the centuries.

During the sixth century, the Netherlands embraced Christianity. The Saxon missionaries did baptize regions like Ludgerus, Lebuinus and Plechelmus in the ninth century. The Bishop had managed to inherit fifty percent of the Netherlands in 1000. New laws against prostitution, robbery, gambling and other sinful activities were taught and followed.

The Dutch soon emerged in the Renaissance period and captured most of the Netherlands. The foundation for Catholic Church was laid in the fourteenth century and calls as well as preaches was recited. The pope during the 16th century was Adrian VI of Utrecht. This century was a combination of Protestants and Christianity and had since greatly influenced Netherlands and the people belonging to the eastern and western areas. Anabaptism was quite famous and predominant during this period in Netherlands as well as Friesland. The famous Anabaptists during that period Jantje Leyden was declared the ruler of New Jerusalem. Later during the third wave period, the nation saw the rise of Calvinism which truly believed in converting as many people whether rich or poor in Flanders. Majorly people accepted Calvinism, while the remaining had embrace Christianity. The churches were forced to convert itself into Calvinist. Later Netherlands also invited Jews as well as Protestants from other parts of countries.

The seventeenth and eighteenth century saw a rapid increase in immigrations in the form of Puritans, Huguentos, Jews, and Dutch. The treaty of Westphalia was signed and Netherlands got independence in 1648. There was a growing unprepared conflict between both religions namely Calvinists and Catholics during the early nineteenth century. Later due to French revolution, Calvinist collaborated with the southern part to form none other than the United Kingdom of Netherlands. After World War II, most of the religions came to a standstill and Islam was accepted in huge numbers and as years went by it increased from a mere 0 to 5 percent .Presently the Muslim population is on the rise.

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