In the final article of her series, Laura Illeris shares what she learned from her month long investigation of religious university students and offers a reflection on religion, diversity, and tolerance among young people in Amsterdam. “Our need to define ourselves and others sometimes leads to boundaries being drawn that make us blind to what we have in common.”
In the second article of her series, Laura Illeris introduces us to some of the Christian university students living in Amsterdam. What are their perspective on issues such as the debate on science and religion? And how do they deal with questions and struggles regarding their faith? “Science is for the brain and religion is for the heart.”
Laura Illeris, our newest addition from Denmark, embarks on an investigative series about the role of religion among students in Amsterdam. This will provide a look into the lives of young Christians, Jews, and Muslims who still actively practice their faith and explore what the decline in religious affiliation means for them.
Broeder Columba Dechamps is 26 jaar, en een van de jongste monniken in het land. Hij is geboren en opgegroeid in Amsterdam-Noord, maar woont nu al meer dan drie jaar in de Sint-Adelbertabdij in Egmond-Binnen. “Zeg alsjeblieft jij,” zegt hij lachend, als het interview begint. “Anders voel ik me zo oud.”