I went to the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder because I am interested in the concept of Dutch 'tolerance', or 'gedogen' from a spiritual and philosophical perspective. In English, the meaning of the word tolerance is to allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of something that one dislikes or disagrees with) without interference. This right-or-wrong view and the toleration of the wrong is interesting in regard to ideas like Form, Dualism and Monism.
The church itself is portrayed as an example of tolerance. I am curious why something that is tolerated must be hidden. I have heard that described as is to 'turn a blind eye' or 'look the other way'.
Amsterdam had been controlled by Catholic Spain during The Eighty Years War that ended in 1648 with The Peace of Westphalia. The Disaster Year, when Anglo-French armies attacked The Netherlands, happened in 1672. Both were religious wars that sought to impose Roman Catholicism on The Netherlands. The museum website states, "the church symbolises the characteristic (religious) tolerance of the Netherlands, established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century under Willem of Orange." I am actually wondering if it should be clarified as Willem I (1533-84), as Willem III of England (1650-1702) was quite a staunch Protestant. He was later destroyed the Catholics in England and Ireland, although this was in opposition to a more fervent Catholic king of France, Louis XIV.