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CALVINISM AND THE FUTURE.

238 the

not excepting those of

churches themselves,

Christian

Worn

Reformation.

by

out

and

flower

wither on their branches, and had

to

apparently become forgetful of their duties

humanity

to

It

life.

It

human

large and the whole sphere of

at

fully.

be taken for granted that towards the end of

that century the general tone of

eagerly

devoured

proof.

By way

had become vapid

of reaction against this

and

deistic

the proposal

,

atheistic philosophers,

England, but afterwards chiefly

in

The

literature of the period furnishes the

made by

was then

life

ignoble and base at heart.

common-place,

first

in reference

not necessary to enter upon this more

is

may

and

with

struggle

their

these last churches had fallen asleep, had allowed

Rome, leaf

reponsibility

degeneration undoubtedly rests in part with the

for this

the

The

of the preceding century.

close

in

France on

the part of the Encyclopaedists, to place the whole of

new

on a

life

order

of

human

that

awakened response; 1789

human

form

it

;

in

it

heart.

was put

for

down the existing new world on the

nature continues

in its incor-

This conception was an heroic one and

state.

of the

upside

turn

and arrange a

affairs,

assumption rupted

basis,

some of the noblest chords

struck

But

in the great

into execution in

this

its

mighty revolution,

Revolution of

most dangerous upheaval

in this

not only of political conditions, but even more of convictions,

be

ideas,

sharply

and usages of In

distinguished.

life,

two elements should

one

respect

it

was an

imitation of Calvinism, whilst in another respect in

direct

volution,

opposition it

should

to

not

its

principles.

The

it

was

great Re-

be forgotten, broke out

in

a

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Calvinism - pagina 242

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