Chapter II:30: Personal and Public Disposition toward Enthusiasm

To the Spirit of the Enthusiasts MARNIXIUS[1] maintained that our Spirit is to be opposed, most certainly attesting and declaring that all their Enthusiasms are false, vain, and wicked.  Since what they say is ridiculous, that our Spirit is not the true Spirit; especially when they take away the genuine evidence and proof of the Spirit, which is Sacred Scripture; we are no more bound by their bare assertion than they are by ours, or either by others’:  see HOORNBEECK’S Summam Controversiarum, book VI, pages 405-407.

Let us hold with certainty that we are to beware of those that, boasting Enthusiasms, make little of the Scripture, contrary to Isaiah 66:2; Psalm 119:72, 127; and let us not ever separate the Spirit of God from the Word attested in the Scriptures, being mindful of the promise, Isaiah 59:21.

The Edict of the Senate of Zurich against modern Fanatics and Neo-prophets, April 18, 1717, promulgated from the pulpits in city and country, is exhibited in the German tongue in Bibliotheca Bremensis, Classis I, fascicule III, chapter VIII, pages 351-358.  Read the argument of the book, reviewed in Bibliotheca Bremensis, Classis I, fascicule VI, chapter V, pages 870-879, which was published in German in Zurich, 1717, under the title, Hora Tentationis super Ecclesia Euangelica per novos sponte sua currents Prophetas, etc., and the author of which is given as JOHANN JAKOB HOTTINGER, Theologian of Zurich.[2]  Concerning the Inspired or Neo-prophets of the Cevennes,[3] see also BUDDEUS’ Isagogen ad Theologiam universam, book II, chapter VII, § 10, tome 2, pages 1377b, 1378a.

[1] Philips of Marnix (1540-1598), Lord of Saint-Aldegonde, was a Dutch statesman and proponent of the Reformation.  He is responsible for one of the earliest translations of the Bible into Dutch.

[2] Johann Jakob Hottinger (1652-1735), son of Johann Heinrich Hottinger, served as Professor of Theology at Zurich (1698-1735).  He wrote voluminously, engaging opponents of Reformed orthodoxy, including Roman Catholic theologians and Enthusiasts.

[3] The Camisards, French Protestants in southern France (the Cevennes region, and surrounding areas), engaged in an armed resistance against persecution after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes.  As their teachers and leaders were captured, killed, or exiled, the movement fell under the influence of more mystically oriented leadership and “prophets”.

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