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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

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CALVINISM AND RELIGION. though

as

85

were only by a fortunate inconsistency

it

that the Puritan could infuse the

warmth of

his

moral

earnestness, into the all-congealing chill emanating from

dogma

the

of predestination.

Calvinism

Romanists,

Lutherans,

and Libertines have ever charged against

Arminians

that

its

absolute

doctrine of predestination,

culminating in the perseverance of saints, must necessarily result in a too easy conscience

of morals.

and a dangerous laxity

But Calvinism answers

this

a

"What

is

rival

we point

tans?"

by

of world-wide reputation over against this false

fact

deduction of

if

charge, not

but by putting

opposing reasoning against reasoning,

"

fictitious

moral

consequences.

moral earnestness of the Puri-

we continue

"Shall

simply asks:

have other religions to oppose

fruits

to the high

It

grace

in sin that

may abound"

the old diabolical whisper which the evil spirit hurled

against the

Holy Apostle himself

century vinism

the

And

Church.

the- Christian

in the

when,

the

sixteenth

Heidelburg Catechism had to defend Calthe

against

shameful

charge:

doctrine lead to careless and ungodly

and

in

childhood of

not this

lives.'*".

Ursinus

had to deal with nothing

Olevianu"^

echoing and

— "Does

monotonous

slander. Certainly the

repetition

ungodly

to foster, indwelling sin,

less

than the

of the same

lust to persist in,

old

and even

yea even Antinomianism

itself,

again and again abused the Calvinistic confession, seizing it

to hide the carnal appetites of the un-

like a shield,

converted heart. of'

But as

little

as the mechanical repetition

a written confession had ever anything in

with genuine religion, just so

Confession be

made

little

may

common

the Calvinistic

responsible for those reverberating

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 89

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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