Saturday, September 24, 2011
Calvinism, An Earthy Faith
"It was perceived, on the contrary, that for God's sake, our attention may not be withdrawn form the life of nature and creation; the study of the body regained its place of honor beside the study of the soul; and the social organization of mankind on earth was again looked upon as being as well worthy an object of human science as the congregation of the perfect saints in heaven. This also explains the close relation existing between Calvinism and Humanism. In as far as Humanism endeavored to substitute life in this world for the eternal, every Calvinist opposed the Humanist. But in as much as the Humanist contented himself with a plea for a proper acknowledgement of secular life, the Calvinist was his ally" (Lectures on Calvinism, p. 121).