Verbum Christi
Vol 6 No 2 (2019): Verbum Christi

FRENCH PROTESTANTISM AND ITS AMBIVALENT ATTITUDE TOWARD CULTURE

Paul Wells (North West University (RSA))



Article Info

Publish Date
14 Oct 2019

Abstract

Protestantism in France has an ambiguous attitude to the surrounding culture, because of its position as a small minority. The other forces present are Roman Catholic authoritarianism and the liberal free-thinking of Enlightenment humanism, represented by the likes of Voltaire and Rousseau. The paradox is that since the Revolution in 1789, which was anti-royal and anti-religious, when Protestantism has sided with the majority Roman Church it has undermined its Reformed identity, and when it has sided with libertarian free-thinking it has undermined its Christian identity. This remains a feature of French Protestantism until the present day. As a result of this tension, the thought of one of France’s greatest thinkers, John Calvin, became virtually unknown, not only in French culture and society as a whole, but also within French Protestantism itself. KEYWORDS: Protestant, Reformed, French, Catholic

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VC

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Subject

Religion Humanities

Description

Jurnal ini berfokus pada studi-studi dalam teologi Reformed antara lain studi biblika, sistematika, historis, apologetika, filosofis, etika, praktika dan ...