Calvin was much more than a theologian, and his influence extended far beyond churches. He inspired the cultural changes that gave rise to the political philosophy of the American founders, a truly extraordinary event in world history. Founding fathers such as George Washington, James Madison, Samuel and John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson stand on the shoulders of some of the greatest philosophers in all history, and perhaps most of all on the shoulders of this Geneva pastor who preceded them by 200+ years. That we may still look to him as a leader in action indicates that the character of his thought was so robust and sturdy as to leave a legacy for generations.
David Hall is senior minister at Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Georgia. A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, he earned his Ph.D. at Whitefield Theological Seminary.
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