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Calvinism - pagina 10

the origin and safeguard of our constitutional liberties

2 minuten leestijd

Calvinism and

652 faiths.

A Huguenot

government equally

government

bosom of

the

in

futile, for this

of church and state.

[Oct.

by same

side

the

side with a

nation.

Romish

This was

insured the maintenance of the union

The Huguenots wanted to be the state its own within the state.

church, or a church with politics of

But, that emancipation of the church

is

the condition for the

permanent development of its life, was not recognized in France.

The

point of difference

last

the aristocratic character

is

of the French, and the democratic character of the English

movement.

This

ity favored the

Dissenters.

is explained by the fact that French nobilHuguenots, and English nobility opposed the

At

least as late as the St.

cre, this influence

continued

its

Bartholomew massain the Synod

ascendency, and

of Orleans

in 1652 was rigorously maintained against the demagogic tendency of Morel and his following. When, however, on the night of August 24, and in the succeeding days,

the Protestant nobility of France were literally slaughtered, the democratic influence of necessity gained the day, and the

gateway opened wide

demagogic fanaticism which so War of the Huguenots. This found its cause in the very character of French conditions. Citizens in Holland and England might safely be placed at the helm of state, but not in France. Perrens' master-work "La democratie en France au Moyenage" has for that

disgraced the closing period of the

but too graphically pictured to us the Jacquerie, and the mutinies of Etienne Marcel and Robert le Coq, than that we can

fail

to see

how

greatly, in general development, the citi-

zens of Holland and England were in advance of the citizens

of France.

From

the interesting dialogue "

Le

reveille

matin

des Francais," which was published as an expression of these

demagogic

ideas,

it

was readily prophesied that the apostolate

of popular sovereignty would have

France.

For therein

it

was

its rise

stated:

with the people of

"A

people can exist

without public authority, but no public authority can exist

without the people.

The people

create the government,

by

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 34 Pagina's

Calvinism - pagina 10

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