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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND POLITICS. of the

churches,

and

each

must

it

every

practise liberty

citizen

of

human

all

to

as the

m.en.

heroic struggle to wrest this greatest

has cost a

all

by allowing

itself,

of conscience,

primordial and inalienable right of It

I41

Hberties

from the grasp of despotism;

and streams of human blood have been poured out before the object was attained.

But

very reason

for this

every son of the Reformation tramples upon the honour of the

who does not

fathers,

defend this palladium of our

retrenching,

order that

may

it

must respect are

ciences

In

liberties.

be able to rule men, the government

human

deepest ethical power of our

this

A

existence.

assiduously and without

nation, consisting of citizens

bruised,

broken

itself

is

in

whose consits

national

strength.

And

even

follow

of

if I

am

forced to admit that our fathers,

had not the courage of the conclusions which

in theory,

from

this

and the

speech,

of conscience, for the liberty

liberty

of zuorship

liberty

well aware that they

made a desperate

;

even

the spread of literature which they disliked,

and

refusal of publication

the

fact

that

the

free

;

all

straightened,

Netherlands.

could

the liberty of the

first

I

am

by censure

does not set aside

expression of thought, by the

spoken and printed word, has in the Calvinistic

this

if

effort to hinder

first

achieved

its

victory

Whosoever was elsewhere

enjoy the liberty of ideas and

press,

And

on Calvinistic ground.

thus the logical development of what was enshrined in the liberty _

first

of conscience, as well as that liberty

itself,

blessed the world from the side of Calvinism.

For

it

is

true

that,

in

Roman

lands, spiritual

and

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 145

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