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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM A LIFE SYSTEM.

12

and of the reactions against

differences,

By

Romanism

hierarchy,

its

Lutheranism owes ascendency

the

Church

whose

of the prince,

relation its

to the

"ecclesia

Calvinism on the other hand, which sanctions

ecclesiastical hierarchy,

could not develop

and

unity and uniformity to

that of "summus episcopus" and to

is

docens".

no

and remains uniform.

is

similar

its

their excesses.

itself

and no magisterial

interference,

many and

varied forms

except

in

deviations, thereby of course incurring the danger

of degeneration, provoking in sided

With the

reactions.

turn

its

all

kind of one-

development of

free

life,

such as was intended by Calvinism, the distinction could not

to

fail

purity

appear between a

centre, with its fulness

and

of vitality and strength, and the broad circum-

ference with

its

But

threatening declensions.

very conflict between a purer centre and a circumference

the

working of

steady

its

in that

less

pure

spirit

was

guaranteed to Calvinism.

Thus understood, Calvinism which

religion

is

was peculiarly

its

rooted

peculiar

theology,

then a given

form

a form of

own, and from

this

was developed

first

specific religious consciousness there

a

in

then a special church-order, and

for political

and

social

for the

life,

interpretation of the moral world-order, for the relation

between

nature and

grace,

between Christianity and

the world, between church and state, and finally for art

and science

;

and amid

all

these life-utterances

always the self-same Calvinism,

and spontaneously its

in

all

remained

simultaneouly

these developments sprang from

deepest life-principle. line

in so far as

it

Hence

to this extent

with those other great complexes of

it

stands

human

life.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism - pagina 16

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