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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND THE FUTURE. where

Roman-Catholic country,

in

first

239 the night of

Bartholomew and subsequently by the revocation

St.

of the edict of Nantes, the Huguenots had been slaught-

and banished.

ered

Protestantism the

cendency,

and

ancient

Reformation had been Calvinism,

of

and other Roman-Catholic had regained

despotism nations

these

to

suppression of

this violent

France,

in

countries,

After

by way of caricature

and compelled the attempt

invited

was to pre-

a pseudo-democratic state of affairs, which

Thus the French

clude for ever a return to despotism.

by meeting violence with

revolution,

among

By

purely spiritual movement. tion

a

in

result

executed

sense

of which

the nations, but which

course of a

in the

this the

French revolu-

judgment of

a

which

God,

the

even to Calvinists, cause for

affords,

The shades

rejoicing.

violence, crime

social liberty

by Calvinism

attempted

been

same

strove after the

crime,

Calvinism had proclaimed

had

to

freedom by external violence and to establish

strike for

with

as-

the fruits of the

all

This,

lost.

its

of

De Coligny were avenged

in

the September-murders of Mazas.

But

this

discloses

is

only one side of the medal.

a purpose directly opposed to the

vinistic idea of liberty.

foundly

Its

serious

and consecrated the

sound Cal-

Calvinism by virtue of

conception

of

and

social

life

had

reverse

its

pro-

strengthened

ethical ties; the

French

revolution loosened and entirely unfastened them, detach-

ing

life

not merely from the Church but also from God's

ordinances, even from individual henceforth,

guided by his

own

God was

free will

Man as such, each own lord and master,

Himself.

to be his

and good pleasure.

The

train

'

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Calvinism - pagina 243

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