Taken from Will Durant's book, "The Reformation" page 489. Meanwhile the hard theocracy of Calvin was sprouting democratic buds. The efforts of the Calvinist leaders to give schooling to all, and their inculcation of disciplined character, helped the sturdy burghers of Holland to oust the alien dictatorship of Spain, and supported the revolt of nobles and clergy in Scotland against a fascinating but imperious queen. the stoicism of a hard creed made the strong souls of the Scottish Covenanter's, the English & Dutch Puritans, the Pilgrims of New England. It steadied the heart of Cromwell, guided the pen of blind Milton, and broke the power of the backward facing Stuarts. It encouraged brave & ruthless men to win a continent and spread the base of education and self-government until all men could be free. Men who chose their own pastors soon claimed to choose their governors, and the self-ruled congregation became the self-governing municipality. The myth of divine election (I would most hearty disagree with Durant here... MYTH INDEED!) justified itself in the making of America. NOTE: Durant was a RC & I believe studied to be a heretic priest at one time so he has a definite bias, but he grudgingly ground this paragraph out. After I read this, I thought of my own Welsh Calvinistic family. Very prim & proper folks who made their livings in the mines of Pennsylvania but managed to cross the Atlantic & build their churches even before they built their homes. They were some of the kindest people Ive ever had the privilege to meet & they put God before everything. So how did this country fall so into Easy Believing, Carnal lifestyles & general sloth?