St. Bartholomew’s Massacre 1572
- There are serious dangers in marrying political power and ambition to the Faith of Christ. Too often the first co-opts the second.
- That total depravity – the outworking of original sin – is just as alive and well among those claiming to be Christians, as those having no Christian connection.
- Nonetheless, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50.20). Out of this time arose a document that wisely discerned how Christians are to respond to Tyranny and tyrants, “VindiciaeContra Tyrannos” (Transl. A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants). This book influenced, in various ways, the writers of the United States’ Declaration of Independence.