Some were surprised to see me recently alluding to a quotation from John Knox in a recent comment (“monstrous regimen”). I will double the scandal by today quoting from another Protestant reformer, Theodore Beza.
I came across this quotation early this morning while preparing material for my intensive course on the Reformation at Nazareth House in Ballarat this weekend (all invited – see here). I think it is a good one for us today, even though Beza originally meant it in a different context. It is a comment that was made to Huguenot King Henry of Navarre (later Catholic Henry IV of France of “Paris is worth a mass” fame):
Sire, it is truly the lot of the Church of God, for which I speak, to endure blows and not to strike them. But may it please you to remember that it is an anvil which has worn out many hammers.