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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND POLITICS.

I02

originated the battle of the ages between Authority and

and

Liberty,

in this battle

which proved

for liberty,

was the very innate

it

to bridle the authority, wheresoever

And

despotism.

thus

of the State and

it

degenerated into

true conception of the nature

all

assumption of authority by

of the

the magistrate, and on the other hand of the

tion

right

and

duty

true concep-

all

the people to defend

of

depend on what Calvinism has here placed

liberty,

the foreground, as the primordial truth,

— that

instituted the magistrates, by reason

sin.

In

trates rule mechanically

by

And

sinful

light-side

Th^ shadyThese magis-

and do not harmonize with our

this authority

and

ineii,

of government

is

therefore subject to

is

But the

ambitions.

of despotic

humanity, without division

sinful

*

of the State,

be only one world-empire.

there should

nature.

life

in

God has

multitude of states ought not to exist;

this

for

of

one thought are hidden both the

this

and the shady-side of the side,

thirst

the God-ordained means

itself

manner

all

light-side in states,

exercised

for

also,

a

without law

and government,

and without ruling authority, would

be a veritable

on earth; or

hell

at least a repetition of

that

which existed on earth, when God drowned the

first

degenerate

by

therefore,

true

root

First

— that

of God, trates,

as

pensable.

race,

its

in

we have a

means

sin,

laid

bare the

and has taught us two things:

gratefully to receive, from the

institution

And

Calvinism has

deluge.

deep conception of

of state-hfe,

the

the

of the

State with

of preservation,

now

on the other hand also

of our natural impulse,

its

hand

magis-

indeed indis-

that,

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 a life-system - pagina 106

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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