16.5.08

Calvinismo político

O episódio do cigarro no avião criou uma cortina de fumo (!) no exacto momento em que estatisticamente se torna impossível esconder o arrefecimento global da economia.

Hoje continua o carnaval madiático: O Sr. Primeiro-Ministro acusa os seus críticos de "Calvinismo político".

É uma acusação grave. Calvino instituiu em Genebra uma teocracia e os Calvinistas exerceram o poder de forma despótica, atacando os mais elementares direitos das pessoas e da Igreja:
"… The altars were desecrated, the sacred images broken, the Mass done away with. Bernese troops entered and "the Gospel" was accepted, 21 May, 1536. This implied persecution of Catholics by the councils which acted both as Church and State. Priests were thrown into prison; citizens were fined for not attending sermons. … Toleration did not enter into the ideas of the time.

... it was mainly by [Calvin's] influence that in January, 1537 the "articles" were voted which insisted on communion four times a year, set spies on delinquents, established a moral censorship, and punished the unruly with excommunication.

… the clergy, assisted by lay elders, governed despotically and in detail the actions of every citizen.

… the Council declared that Calvin's "Institutes" were a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees ...

… Within five years fifty-eight sentences of death and seventy-six of exile, besides numerous committals of the most eminent citizens to prison, took place in Geneva. The iron yoke could not be shaken off. In 1555… Calvin's theocracy triumphed"
O que é curioso é que a figura do Primeiro-Ministro e a forma como exerce o poder apresentam algumas semelhanças com Calvino e com o "Calvinismo Político"; a "bíblia" e "clero" é que são diferentes:
"… The cold, hard... disposition characteristic of the Reformed Churches … is due entirely to [Calvin] himself. Its essence is a concentrated pride, a love of disputation, a scorn of opponents... It will have no Christian feasts in its calendar… "moral sins were treated as crimes to be punished by the magistrate." The Bible was a code of law, administered by the clergy."
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