11022Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Passive obedience v. Political Dissidence
- Sep 4, 2004--- In email@example.com, "Martin"
> As for Cameron versus Calvin.The Covenanters certainly did not believe they were in opposition to
any of the orthodox divines in their defense of liberty against their
particular tyrant. Yet they, as we should today, only wish that
people get the facts straight before attacking their position:
"Let none therefore object against the legality of what we have done,
or are doing: for we offer as (how inconsiderable we are said to be)
to prove ourselves to have done nothing against our ancient laws
civil or ecclesiastic, against any lawyers or divines whatsoever, our
ancient laws being judges; and we having safety to pass and repass
(if the public faith after so many breaches can be trusted) for that
effect. So then let no foreign kingdoms or churches through
misinformation or false copies (as they are many) of what we act or
do, because we have no access to the press as they; we say let them
not take up a wrong opinion of us or our proceedings: for we are only
endeavouring to extricate ourselves from under a tyrannous yoke, and
to reduce our church and state to what they were in the years 1648
and 1649." -- Declaration at Lanark.
I offer this not as any proof towards either side of the current
discussion, only as a point of interest.
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