Calvinism : six lectures delivered in the Theological by Abraham Kuyper

By Abraham Kuyper

Excerpt from Calvinism: Six Lectures introduced within the Theological Seminary at Princeton

A vacationer from the previous ecu Continent, disembarking at the shore of this New international, feels because the Psalmist says, that "his innovations crowd upon him like a multitude". in comparison with the eddying waters of your new move of existence, the previous circulation within which he used to be relocating turns out virtually frostbound and boring; and the following, on American floor, for the 1st time, he realizes how such a lot of divine potencies, which have been hidden away within the bosom of mankind from our very production, yet which our previous international used to be incapable of constructing, at the moment are commencing to reveal their inward splendour, hence promising a nonetheless richer shop of surprises for the Future.

You wouldn't, even if, question me to overlook the prevalence which, in lots of respects, the previous global should declare, on your eyes, in addition to in mine. previous Europe is still even now the bearer of an extended history, and accordingly stands prior to us as a tree rooted extra deeply, hiding among its leaves a few more experienced culmination of life.

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Its Western course through China and Japan is impeded; meanwhile no one can tell what forces for the future may yet lie slumbering in the Slavic races which have thus far failed of progress. But while this secret of the future is still veiled in mystery, the course of this world-stream from East to West can be denied by none. And therefore I am justified in saying that Paganism, Islamism and Romanism are the three successive formations which this development had reached, when its further direction passed over into the hands of Calvinism; and that Calvinism in turn is now denied this leading influence by Modernism, the daughter of the French Revolution.

Mohammed and the Koran are the historic names, but in its nature the Crescent is the only absolute antithesis to Paganism. Islam isolates God from the creature, in order to avoid all commingling with the creature. As antipode, Islam was possessed of an equally far-reaching tendency, and was also able to originate an entirely peculiar world of human life. The same is the case with Romanism. , that God enters into fellowship with the creature by means of a mystic middle-link, which is the Church;-not taken as a mystic organism, but as a visible, palpable and tangible institution.

The world as overshadowed by the Church. Escape from the world was the counterpoise in monastic and partly even in clerical orders, which emphasized holiness in the centre of the Church in order to wink the more lightly at worldly excesses without. As a natural result the world corrupted the Church, and by its dominion over the world the Church proved an obstacle to every free development of its life. Thus making its appearance in a dualistic social state, Calvinism has wrought an entire change in the world of thoughts and conceptions.

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