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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

,

CALVINISM AND POLITICS.

120

knows no other

the law of Moses, which

ment but

capital punish-

by the magistrate and at his command. The highest duty of the government remains therefore that

unchangeably that of it

in

and

justice^

has to care for the people as an order that

not

be

may grow

unity

its

unit, partly at

that on the one hand, in a people,

phenomena

of

high above

all these,

government

and with

the

from

its

of

this is

all

sorts of organic

all

5^a(^/ spheres, but that,

unifying force of the

;;/^r//^;/2V^/

observable.

is

From

this arises all friction

For the government

clashing.

always inclined,

is

mechanical authority, to invade social

its

subject

arise,

life

it

and mechanically to arrange

other hand social

life

may

the national

lest

The consequence

existence suffer harm.

home,

ever deeper and

and partly abroad^

disturbed,

second place

in the

life,

to

But on the

it.

always endeavours to shake

off the

authority of the government, just as this endeavour at the present

and

in

time again culminates in social-democracy

anarchism, both

of which aim at nothing less

than the total overthrow of the institution of authority.

But leaving these two extremes alone, that

all

healthy

life

of

it

will

be admitted

people or state has ever been

the historical consequence of the struggle between these

two powers.

It

was the so

called ''constitutional govern-

ment", which endeavoured more firmly to regulate the

mutual relation

of these

Calvinism was the proportion as instituted

it

two.

first to

take

And its

stand.

this

strueele

For

just in

honoured the authority of the magistrate,

by God,

did

it

lift

up that second sovereignty

which had been implanted by God in

in

in the social spheres,

accordance with the ordinances of creation.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism - pagina 124

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