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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND POLITICS.

Il6

So much a

In

sense

Calvinistic

we understand hereby,

that

the business, science, art and so forth are

family,

which do not owe

social spheres,

all

now

to sovereignty in the sphere of Society.

come the

We

of the State.

for the sovereignty

their existence to

the State, and which do not derive the law of their

from

the

superiority

authority within their rules,

by the grace

of the

but

state,

own bosom

;

life

obey a high

an authority which-

of God, just as the sovereignty of

the State does.

This involves the antithesis between Stale and Society^ but

upon

this

we do not conceive

condition, that

society as a conglomerate, but as analysed in

its

this

organic

parts, to honour, in each of these parts, the independent

character,

which appertains to them.

In this independent character a special higher authority

of necessity involved and this highest authority

is

intentionally

sovereignty

call

spheres, in order that

expressed

that

these

it

may

in

the

we

individual social

be sharply and decidedly

developments

different

of social

have nothing above themselves hut God, and that the State cannot intrude here, and has nothing to command

life

in their

domain.

As you

feel at once, this is

the deeply

interesting question of our civil liberties, i) It is

in

here of the highest importance sharply to keep

mind the

difference in grade

between the orgastic \ik

of society and the mechanical character of the govern-

l")

Cf.

Dr.

constitutional

A. KuijPER. liberties,

spheres of Society, 1S80.

1873,

Calvinism

the

and Dr. A.

source

and gm-antee of our

Kuijper, Sovereignty in the

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

Calvinism a life-system - pagina 120

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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