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    John Calvin: His Life and Influence (Paperback)
    Photo (c) 2006, Tony Reinke, The Shepherd's Scrapbook

    “Islam’s triumphant global march was halted by the sudden appearance of the freedom fostered by biblical Christianity in the sixteenth century in Western Europe. This occurred particularly as a result of Calvin’s, not Luther’s, insistence on the church’s freedom from the state and the state’s freedom from the church that in turn also eventually produced disciplined capitalism, science and technology, and economic prosperity. In yet another way, then – in the political freedom the Western nations enjoy now over against what would have possibly been military subjection to an Islamic theocracy – we here in the West are indebted to the providentially-arranged thought and activity of John Calvin.”

    - Robert L. Reymond, John Calvin: His Life and Influence (Christian Focus: Great Britain) 2004. Page 143.

    Posted by John on June 15, 2007 12:35 PM

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