Wednesday, May 27, 2009

John Calvin

John Calvin died on this date in 1564. The 500th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated in some circles this coming July 10.

America was not just a Christian nation, but a Calvinist nation, and not a "Judeo-Christian" nation. Calvin and Calvinists produced the American ideas of resistance to tyranny and representative democracy.

Princeton Calvinist B. B. Warfield defined calvinism this way:

He who believes in God without reserve, and is determined that God shall be God to him in all his thinking, feeling, willing—in the entire compass of his life-activities, intellectual, moral, spiritual, throughout all his individual, social, religious relations—is, by the force of that strictest of all logic which presides over the outworking of principles into thought and life, by the very necessity of the case, a Calvinist.
New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. II: Basilica - Chambers

Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, presented his lectures on Calvinism at Princeton, and summed up the Calvinist worldview:

In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, 'That is mine!'

Calvin was certainly not an anarcho-capitalist. But that is because, while Christianity had made a lot of progress in creating Western Civlization, it had not yet progressed that far, and Calvin, though revolutionary, was still necessarily a man of his time. His views on usury may have led, unintentionally and indirectly, to the Bush-Obama bailouts. Logically, however, Calvin's ideas lead to anarcho-capitalism:

Outline: Calvinist Defense of Anarcho-Capitalism

Defining "The State"

Calvin has been called the "Theologian of the Holy Spirit." That logically leads away from dependence on the State: Statism vs. Calvinism

Why Calvinism for Anarchists

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