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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND RELIGION.

52 to

It

this.

all

human and

subjective side;

that religion

by our

does not deny that religion has also

is

its

does not dispute the fact

it

promoted, encouraged and strengthened

disposition

seek help

to

time of need and

in

spiritual elevation in the face of sensual passions; but

maintains

that

proper order of things

the

reverses

it

and the

to seek, in these accidental motives, the essence

very purpose

which give

props

them

its

sake of His

the

the sake of God. created

For sion

all

It is ;

not

— the

does

it

God who

exists

creation exists for

He

For, as the Scripture says,

has

things for Himself.

this reason

God even

impressed a religious expres-

on the whole of unconscious nature,

full

God,

C)f course, religion,

existence.

creation

on

on animals and also is

o,f

religion, or as

produces also a blessing for man, but

not exist for the sake of man. for

by

all

support, but he refuses to honour

it

as the reason of

such,

values

Calvinist

as fruits which are produced

these

as

of

The

religion.

it

"How

of His glory."

excellent

"The Heavens

in all the earth."

— on

plants,

"The whole

children.

earth

Thy Name,

is

declare the glory

God and the firmament sheweth His handiwork." "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings Thou hast ordained praise." Frost and hail, snow and vapour,

of

the

God.

abyss

But

and the hurricane,

only

and

this

does praise

just as the entire creation reaches

ting point in

sion

— everything

in

not

man, so also

man who because

Himself implanted religious expression,

in

is

religion finds

made

man

culmina-

clear expres-

the image of God,

in

seeks

its

its

it,

but because

man's nature the

God

real essential

by means of the "seed of religion"

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 56

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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