Like you, I am living at a frenetic pace right now. So, today I am going to just share with you a quote from my all-time favorite book, “The History of Protestantism” by James Wylie.
A very brief introduction: Wylie was a minister of The Free Church of Scotland during the nineteenth century. He loved Protestantism – that is, biblical truth – with passion, and wrote with brilliance. He himself proves the very thought at the end of this passage.
And, by the way, was Michelangelo a Catholic sculptor, painter, and architect? He was also a ‘Protestant” poet. Read on….
“…It is also to be borne in mind that the great intellects that arose in Italy at the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century, though living in the communion of the Roman Church, and devoting, in the instance of some of them, their genius to her service, had in heart left her theology, and found their way to the Cross.
Dante, Petrarch, Michael Angelo, Torquato Tasso, Ariosto, and others owed the emancipation of their genius to their belief in the Evangelical faith. The great poet, painter, and sculptor Michael Angelo, who reared the dome of St. Peter’s and painted the Sistine, thus sings: –
“Ah, what does sculpture, what does painting prove,
When we have seen the Cross, and fixed our eye
On Him whose arms of love were there outspread?”
It is the same Evangelical faith – the bondage of the will by sin, and salvation of God – which Ariosto embodies in the following lines:-
“To spare offenders, being penitent,
Is even ours; to drag them from the pit,
Themselves resisting, Lord, is thine alone.”
In all the countries of the Reformation a great intellectual awakening was the immediate consequence of the introduction of Protestantism.”
Amen! Beautiful! I not only love my faith, I am proud of it!