The elections of 2017 were dominated by the issue of Dutch religious-cultural identity. Christian symbols and the ‘Judaeo-Christian’ tradition were brandished by Liberal politicians such as Mark Rutte and populists from the PVV. This article draws on ostensibly trivial examples, such as Easter eggs, to examine the new ways in which religion has become a subject of political concern and policy in the ideas of political parties such as the VVD and the PVV. The concept of ‘post-secular nationalism’ is used to characterise this turn.


The project forms part of Hereligion. The Heritagisation of religion and Sacralisation of Heritage in contemporary Europe



Ernst van den Hemel, ‘“Hoezo christelijke waarden?” Postseculier nationalisme en uitdagingen voor beleid en overheid’Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid 8:2 (2017) 5-23.