A History of Political Thought in the Sixteenth Century by J. W Allen

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1 Some, without a thought of duty, give themselves wholly to pleasure ; others, greedy of gold, sell right and justice ; others again overburden their subjects with taxes to support their prodigality. g, outraging women and brutalizing innocence. ' For it. must . be admitted that in such monsters no one can perceive the image of God or any token of a divine ministry. Men have always hated such tyrants. But one must turn from the contemplation of their iniquities to the Word of God. ver they may govern, they hold their authority only from Him.

He cited many passages and examples and referred at length to what is told of Samuel, David and Nebuchodonosor. His arguments from the doings or sayings of these persons or from what is said about them. ' · · · x This remark is an addition to the final version of the Inatitute. It appears on page 672 of the French of 1560. a All this is paraphrased or translated from the Institute. See ed. nc, pp. 775, 776, and ed. 1559, Lib. IV, 20, pp. 558, 559. , 1559, Lib. IV, Cap. XX, p. 560. The French has ' folies et seditieuses '.

This aspiration is, at least, intelligible. After the great disillusionment of Munster, Anabaptism seems to have settled into its normal quietism. In the Netherlands it rapidly assumed the form of what ca:me to be known as Mennonism. Menno Simons (1492-1559) had been a priest of the Roman Church. He left the Roman communion in 1536 and in 1537 became minister of a group at Groningen. In the years that followed he did much missionary journeying. The views of the Mennonites concerning government and the 'State appear to be indistinguishable from those of the mass of the Anabaptists.

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