Document: Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Unbelief in Religion and Politics (Amsterdam, 1975).

Excerpt: The present volume is the second instalment of a series designed to make Groen’s Ongeloof en Revolutie available in English. In this classic work, which grew out of a series of private lectures given in The Hague during the winter of 1845/46, the historian, statesman and publicist Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer (1801-76) gave an account of his “anti-revolutionary and christian-historical convictions,” convictions which had constrained him to disaffiliate himself from both conservatism and liberalism. For brief sketches of the historical significance of the book and its author, as well as for notes on the history of this translation and an account of the method adopted in editing it, we would refer the reader to the first installment, Lecture XI: The History of the Revolution in Its First Phase, which was published in 1973.

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