Oana Matei
Pages 261-263
DOI: 10.5840/cultura20107139


Last year, 500 years have passed from the moment when Jean Calvin was born. More than four centuries have passed from the Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve. These were outstanding moments in the European history, events which changed the world we live in, events which influenced Christian theology and also political theory. Protestantism is one of the major divisions within Christianity that wanted to define, along with Christian and theological values, also political and moral values. Protestantism decisively contributed to the birth of modernity by using multiple approaches of human beings as creatures made by God in their relations with God Himself, with the church as an institution and with the political power exercised by the sovereignty. In his book, Revenge Against Tyrants. The Political Theory of French Protestantism, Ovidiu Victor Olar selects theological-political texts in his attempt to highlight some ideas that reformed our relation to God’s authority and other human authorities. French Protestantism has a specific place in the Protestant movement. The texts chosen by the author are a real proof in this way. Even if at a first glance the book seems to be a reconstruction of the 16″ Century religious wars, in fact, it creates an exciting atmosphere with characters which seem to still be alive. The book is divided in four major parts. The first part, called Against 261