members, click to sign in..


3,358 active users!!Bandwidth
SATURDAY
SEP 20, 2014
Home
NewsSITE
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
Broadcasters
Local Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -1 sec
Top Sermons
VideosPDFs
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
StoresNew Stuff!
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: denverprovidence
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
More + Podcast + Codes
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
HTML Embed | Demo
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Single Sermon | Info
To embed a single sermon,
use the "Email & Share" button.
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

Reformation Impact 6: Really: No Calvin, No America
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006
Posted by: Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church | more..
4,850+ views | 80+ clicks
Daniel Elazar, member of presidential commission and of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, wrote a World History Curriculum (Article 2). This internationally respected Jewish scholar has written some of the most detailed essays that reinforce my thesis:

“In all of the places where Reformed Protestantism was strong, there emerged a Protestant republicanism that opposed tyrants even as it demanded local religious conformity. Reformed Protestants in England became the Puritans, whose name indicated that they wanted to purify the Anglican Church as much as the Catholic, which they had rejected. In the seventeenth century they launched the first of the great modern revolutions, the English Civil War, against royal absolutism, opening the way for modern democracy.”

“Hence the constitutional democracy that we all know today has its roots in that Reformed Protestant revival of the biblical idea of covenant which was not only important in the fight against tyrants and hierarchies but could be made operational in political systems that would protect liberties.”

Elsewhere (amongst his plethora of socio & politico-economic international essays) Daniel further claims (in Covenant & the American Founding ):

“A majority of the delegates to the Convention were affiliated with covenant-based churches…The Presbyterians, however, were already moving toward full-scale federalism. As Arthur Schlesinger, Sr., noted: 'More than either [the Congregationalists or Anglicans] the Presbyterians in their reliance on federalist and representative institutions anticipated the political makeup of the future United States.' Indeed, as the first government came into office under the U.S. Constitution in 1789, the Presbyterians held their first nationwide General Assembly. In the Presbyterian system, congregations in a local area formed a presbytery; several presbyteries in a region formed a synod; and then came the General Assembly.

As a result, the system of federal democracy established by the U.S. Constitution has often been referred to as Presbyterianism writ large for civil society.

“Albeit, given that the federal system established by the framers bears a much greater similarity to the political systems proposed by the federal theologians and implemented in their church polities, than the political systems proposed by Hobbes and Locke, and given that Americans were already covenanting into civil societies well before the speculative philosophers adopted the idea, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that covenant ideas had, in the final analysis, a more decisive influence than those of the 'new political science.'"

---

Philip Schaff, famous 19th century German Reformed historian, gives the proper moral impetus for Calvinistic influence in the modern era:

“…they [Calvinists] became the chief promoters of civil and religious liberty based upon respect for God’s law and authority…Calvinists fear God and nothing else. In their eyes, God alone is great, man is but a shadow. The fear of God makes them fearless of earthly despots. It humbles man before God, it exalts him before his fellow-men. The fear of God is the basis of moral self-government, and self-government is the basis of true freedom.” (p. 265)

This fearlessness brought them to preach against public evils, whether from the populace or the prince. Naturally, the princes did not like this. Calvin, himself, was eventually kicked out of Geneva for “meddling” in politics: he clashed with the local counsel over church discipline: he wanted it controlled by the church; they wanted controlled by the city. Already, Calvin began the ongoing power struggle between church and state.

---

John Adams bluntly acknowledges the influence of the French-Calvinist’s work Vindicus Contra Tyrannus, which defended the right of the people to rise against tyrants (Rushdoony 25). Arguably, besides the obvious references, there are certain elements in the Declaration of Independence which echo past religious thought such as “all men are created equal,” which was originally expressed in the Puritan work Lex, Rex in 1644. Even further back in time, a Dutch Calvinist, Johannes Althusius, wrote Politica (1603), a complete systematic presentation of a representative Republican government. Resistance theories were found in the pre-Reformation church as well, but were not as fully developed until the Reformation under the likes of Calvin, Bullinger and others.

The story of Reformed influence on political theory has yet to be fully written.

The story of Reformed influence on political theory has yet to be fully written.to be fully written.

Shawn Mathis Shawn Mathis

Pastor Shawn Mathis was raised by God-fearing parents, served in the Air Force, worked as an electrical engineer and then entered the ministry by God’s grace....

Web Link:  CLICK TO FOLLOW EXTERNAL LINK
Category:  News and Politics

post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Top


PowerClip: Enticed by Envy
Andrew Quigley
Write On & Incline The Heart

'Drift, Neglect and Listening'
Sunday - PM
Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian
Play! | MP3 | RSS

Union With Christ: Part II
Pastor John Ashwood

Lin Brown
Living in Unity

Grace Particular Baptist
Sunday Service
Transcript!Play! | MP3

E. A. Johnston
How To Preach The Gospel

Ambassadors For Christ Intl-US
Special Meeting
Transcript!Play! | MP3

Robert Rubino
9/11 Memorial and Apostasy

Galatians 5:1-15
Fellowship Baptist Church
Video!Play! | MP4

Event: Jan 22-24, 2015
G3 Conference 2015

The Bible is the Word of God
Conference
Pray's Mill Baptist Church

Sponsor:
Bible's Providential Preservation

Free MP3s: King James Vers­ion, Other Vers­ions, Textus Rec­ept­us, Mas­or­etic Text, Etc.
www.puritandownloads.com/th..

Sponsor:
Chantry,Quinn,Daniel 2014 Conference

Faith Bible Church Oct 10-12 "The Joy of Worsh­ip"
www.sermonaudio.com

Sermon:
Beheading Children
Robert Rubino






                   
It is easier to speak about revival than to set about it. ... Horatius Bonar

Las Vegas, NV
  24   DAYS LEFT
Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal
MOBILE
iPhone + iPad
Church App
Android
Church App
Kindle + Nook
BlackBerry
Windows Mobile, Nokia
Chromecast TV
ROKU TV
Pebble Smartwatch
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

FOLLOW
Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices New!
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
SERVICES | ALL
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcasting
Video Support
Live Webcasting
Transcription Service
HIFI Option
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domains
Favorites
QR Codes
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
WordPress
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword
SOAP API

BATCH
Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US
SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide. All broadcasters must adhere to the Articles of Faith.

Our Services | Testimonials
Broadcast With Us!
Support Us
Advertising | Local Ads
CONTACT
info@sermonaudio.com
Copyright © 2014 SermonAudio.com.