Calvinism and Liberty go Hand in Hand

From Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism (Eerdmans 1931:70):

Every competent historian will without exception confirm the words of Bancroft: “The fanatic for Calvinism was a fanatic for liberty, for in the moral warfare for freedom, his creed was a part of his army, and his most faithful ally in the battle.”20) And Groen van Prinsterer has thus expressed it : “In Calvinism lies the origin and guarantee of our constitutional liberties.” That Calvinism has led public law into new paths, first in Western Europe, then in two Continents, and today more and more among all civilized nations, is admitted by all scientific students, if not yet fully by public opinion.

© 2012, Rick Hogaboam. All rights reserved.

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