Friday, January 17, 2014

The True Horror of Calvin's Geneva

    John Calvin, who had broken with Catholicism, began to preach in the 1530s. He had great success at Geneva, and set up there a "theocratic" state — that is, one governed by the godly (the Calvinists). Geneva was not a place for the easy-going. Heresy was punished by death; and though that was not surprising in those days, it was distinctly more ferocious to impose the death penalty (as Calvin did) for going off with someone else's wife or husband.
This we read, emphasis added, in A Short History of the World by John Roberts. Much better the proto-libertarian St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Blogger love the girls said...

St. Thomas as proto-libertarian

This is a nice talk on the subject:

January 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM  

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