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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 29

Bron: Abraham Kuyper Collection
Datum: zondag 1 januari 1899
Auteur: Abraham Kuyper
Pagina: 29

CALVINISM A LIFE SYSTEM.

By

of Calvinism.

mighty

fact,

it

this decisive idea,

allowed

has

every department of

by

or rather

itself to

entire

its

mother-thought that the

2$ this

be controlled

domain.

It

all-embracing

from

is

life

in

this

system

of

Calvinism sprang.

This brings us of

the second condition, with

itself to

which, for the sake of creating

a

profound movement has to comply

:

life

system

viz.,

a fundamental

every

own touching the relation of man How we stand toward God is the first, and to 7nan. how we stand toward man is the second principal interpretation

of

its

question, which decides the tendency

of our

tion

life.

There

is

but endless multiformity.

In creation itself the difference

has been established between

and

spiritual gifts

from the other.

and

and poor

woman and man.

talents cause

differs widely.

as

life

well

own

by every con-

system, and Paganism and Islamism,

as

differ

personal

The social position of the rich Now, these differences are in

a special w'ay tveakened or accentuated sistent

Physical

one person to

Past generations and our

create distinctions.

life

and the construc-

no uniformity among men,

Romanism

Modernism, and so also Calvinism have

all

taken their stand in this question in accordance with their

God

primordial principle.

If,

as

Paganism contends,

dwells in the creature, a divine superiority

bited in whatever

'obtained sacrifices

its

is

high

demigods,

upon the

other hand whatever

among men. hero-worship,

altar of is

In this

and

is

exhi-

way

it

finally

its

On

the

Divus Augustus.

lower

is

considered as godless,