Wednesday, August 26, 2009
NC Governor Acknowledges 500th Anniversary of Birth of Calvin
In response to a request from the First Presbytery (North Carolina congregations) of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Honorable Governor of North Carolina Beverly Perdue sent the presbytery the following letter:
State of North Carolina
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Beverly Eaves Perdue
August 10, 2009
On behalf of the State of North Carolina, it is a pleasure to join the First Presbytery [of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church sic] in recognizing the 500th Anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. His teachings are the foundation of the Presbyterian and other reformed churches and have guided generations of Christians across the globe.
During a time when heretical views were condemnable by death, John Calvin worked to reform the Catholic Church. His scholarship helped lead a movement of religious change across Europe and inspired his masterpiece, Institutes of the Christian Religion.
John Calvin’s influence can be felt in how we live and govern. His notions of freedom of men and liberty are principles that helped form our nation, and it is my privilege to honor John Calvin and his teachings as part of our heritage.