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Can an Authoritarian Tree Produce Good Fruit? Thinking about John Calvin’s Geneva

After Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth? Here’s the historian Will Durant, from his book The Reformation (1957, pp. 473-474), on what John Calvin’s Geneva was like in the 16th century: Calvin himself, austere and severe, dreamed of a community … Continue reading

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John Calvin’s Geneva: A Little Reminder of What It’s Like to Live in a World Where Church and State are Combined

I’m kind of weirded out by people who express nostalgia for John Calvin, and call themselves admirers of his. I think it a useful correction to this nostalgia to actually recall what it was like, exactly, to live in John … Continue reading

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