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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND POLITICS. In

manner the

like

international cosmopolitan ende-

avours of the Social-democracy present, tion of union, an ideal, us,

which on

in their

concep-

very account charms

this

even when we are aware that they try to reach the

unattainable,

holy

ideal,

endeavouring to

the

as

in a sinful

authority,

and

this

all

is

high and

Nay even Anarchy, all

mechanical con-

together with the undoing of

all

to encourage, in their stead, the

growth of a new organic say,

realize this

world.

attempt to undo

among men,

nections

human

in

now and

conceived

I

lOI

tie,

arising from nature

itself,

nothing but a looking backward after

a lost paradise.

For indeed without

sin there

would have been neither

magistrate nor state-order but political ;

would have evolved from the police

life

;

in its entirety,

itself,

after a patriarchal fashion,

of the family.

Neither bar of justice, nor

army, nor navy

nor

without sin

life,

and thus every

would drop away, even

is

conceivable in a world

and ordinance and law

rule

as all control

and assertion of

the power of the magistrate would disappear, were to its is

develop

own

itself,

life

normally and without hindrance, from

Who binds up, where nothingWho uses crutches, where the limbs are sound?

organic impulse.

broken.'*

Every State-formation, every

assertion of the

power

of the magistrate, every mechanical means of compelling

order and of guaranteeing a safe course of life

is

therefore

always something unnatural; something, against which the deeper aspirations of our nature rebel; and which, on this 'very account,

may become

the source both of a dreadful

abuse of power, on the part of those

who

exercise

it,

a contumacious revolt on the part the multitude.

and of

Thus

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 105

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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