Was Geneva a Theocracy?

Sunday, 01 Mar 1992

From the first-hand accounts, Oxford’s Gillian Lewis notes: “The city of Geneva possessed a significance which was symbolic and mythical. Her friends saw her as the mirror and model of piety, a haven of refuge, a roosting-place for fledglings, a stronghold to train and dispatch abroad soldiers of the Gospel and ministers of the Word.” And yet, there were enemies as well, enemies who saw Geneva as “Satan’s sanctuary, a source of heresy, atheism, and libertinage and a centre for the active dissemination of sedition.” (1) Just as ...

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