Excerpt from The Presbyterian Quarterly and Princeton Review: July, 1873
The form of government of the French Reformed Church unites most admirably the genius of law with the genius of liberty. Calvin, so superficially judged by France, was its author: Calvin, who doubtless has none of the attractions of that royal skeptic who believed that Paris was worth a mass, and so, jestingly, put away his faith that he might gain a crown Calvin, in whose eyes the whole world would have been no compensation for the abandonment of his faith Calvin, who has won for the reformed faith and for civil and religious liberty one entire portion of the civilized world, I mean the great anglo-saxon race. It was Calvin who gave it the most perfect model of that representative government which is its glory and its strength and that model is none other than a Presbyterian Synod.
What may be called the Constituent Assembly of French Protestantism was held in Paris in May, 1559. Only eleven churches ventured to send delegates to this secret and outlawed convention. A Confession of Faith was prepared, which, stripped of theological details, might be summed up in two articles The authority of Scripture takes the place of all human authority and of the Roman hierarchy; and salvation by faith in Christ puts the soul into immediate relations with God, without any priestly mediation.
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