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six Stone-lectures

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CALVINISM AND POLITICS.

102

originated the battle of the ages between AiitJiority and

and

Liberty^

in this battle

which proved

for liberty,

was the very innate

it

itself

the God-ordained means

to bridle the authority, wheresoever

And

despotism.

all

degenerated into

true conception of the nature

the magistrate, and on the other of the

tion

it

and of the assumption of authority by

State

of the

thus

and

right

duty

of

hand

true concep-

all

the people to defend

depend on what Calvinism has here placed

liberty,

instituted the magistrates y by reason

and the shady-side of the

trates rule mechanically

And

by

of despotic

and

of government

But

ambitions.

exercised

is

manner

all

the light-side also,

humanity, without division

sinful

These magis-

therefore subject to

is

exist;

and do not harmonize with our

this authority

men,

sinful

The shady-

of the State.

be only one world-em^pire.

there should

nature.

life

light-side

multitude of states ought not to

this

for

sin.

one thought are hidden both the

this

side,

of

in

God has

the foreground, as the primordial truth,— //^^/

In

thirst

in states,

for a

without law

and without ruling authority, would

and government,

be a veritable hell on earth; or at least a repetition of that

which existed on earth, when

first

degenerate

therefore,

by

true

root

of

First

— that

of God, trates,

as

pensable.

its

race,

a

the

state-life,

means

And on

sin,

laid

bare the

and has taught us two things:

gratefully to receive, from the

institution

of the

State with

of preservation,

now

its

hand

magis-

indeed indis-

the other hand also that,

of our natural impulse,

the

Calvinism has

deluge.

deep conception of

we have

the

in

God drowned

we must ever watch

by

virtue

against the

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism - pagina 106

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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