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As John T. McNeill, Calvin’s first chronicler, so aptly said: “We, and all the world of the twentieth century, are peculiarly the creatures and heirs of a handful of geniuses of early modern Europe, for it was they who defined the peculiar and distinctive bent of European, presently of Western, and now to a very substantial degree, of world civilization.”

The Rev. Michael P. Orsi is chaplain and research fellow in law and religion at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla.