Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Resurrection of the Beast

Not again did the sea of human thought begin to put forth democratic humanism until the time of the Protestant Reformation. Then the wild beast began to move beneath the surface. The most-avidly-democratic groups in the sixteenth century were the Anabaptists. They seemed intent on democratizing Europe. For awhile their success was growing. But, when their ideologies were recognized as threatening to both secular and religious rulers of all other persuasions, they became targets for destruction. And as mentioned in Part 1 of this book, they were almost totally wiped out.

However, the Calvinists were also believers in man's right and ability to rule himself. But they were less fanatically so than were the Anabaptists. So they were able to realize their ambitions. Thus, for many years, the Calvinists (Presbyterians) nurtured the growing democratic beast.

Then, as the Anabaptist faith began to be revived by Quakers and Baptists, democracy rapidly gained strength. Even Anglicans and Lutherans gradually began to accept and promote democratic ideals. When, in the last half of the eighteenth century, the United States of America was born as an independent republic, the Protestants had achieved the goal of elevating man's will to a position of dominance.

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