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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND RELIGION.

95

the purchase of deh'ght for the ear and the eye at the price

of such a moral hecatomb, the Calvinist,

human

whatever was

in

man

who honoured

for the sake of

God, could

not but condemn. Finally, so far as the dance

is

concerned, even worldly

papers, like the Parisian ^''Figard'\ at present justify the of the

position

Only recently an

Calvinist.

article in

paper called attention to the moral pain with which

this

a father takes his daughter into the Ball-room for the time.

first

This moral pain,

Paris at least, to

who

Dance

the impurity to which

With

Our

this

I

actions

prevalent

it

but exclusively, against

itself, is

often in danger of leading.

return to the barrier of which

fathers perceived

those

in

Here, also, the Calvinist does not

pleasure-loving circles. protest against the

evident, in

is

are familiar with the whisper-

and

looks

indecent

ings,

all

declared,

it

excellently well that

I

spoke.

was

it

just

these three: Dancing, Card-playing, and Theatre-going,

with which the

world was madly

these pleasures were not regarded as secondary

circles

but

trifles,

honoured as all-important matters:

whoever dared bitterest scorn

recognized, Calvinist

in

to attack them,

and enmity. these

this

very reason, they

Rubicon which no true

fear of the

Lord

And now may

to often ask, has

I

the result justified their strong and brave protest

Even in

and the

from spotless pleasures.

not

exposed himself to the

For

three, the

and

could cross without sacrificing his earnestness

to dangerous mirth, far

In worldly

in love.

yet, after a lapse of three centuries,

my

States,

Calvinistic country, in Scotland,

entire social circles

into

which

you

and

in

.-^

will find,

your own

this worldliness

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Calvinism - pagina 99

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