Thou rulest the raging of the sea . . . .
Not every story ends well.
When we came to the saga of the Batavia mutiny, it would have been easier to turn our attentions to a cheerier series of events. Yet, if history is the retelling of the great acts of God in His creation, then the decisive questions are: was it important? and is it true?
Historian Mike Dash has rekindled interest in the incidents of 1628 not only because he exhaustively researched his subject matter, but because he had an ear for the societal music of the times. His grasp of the role which the Anabaptist social revolutionaries played in upsetting the conventional forms of church and state adds compelling context to his narrative. In his troubling Batavia’s Graveyard, he also shows how terribly wrong things may go when a minister is unprepared for the tasks set before him.
Even today, Jeanne D’Albret appears larger than life. She fostered the Reformation, sired a king, defended a city and emptied her coffers to defend the Protestant cause in France, and will forever be cherished by her country’s Huguenot descendants for her valiant defense of Rochelle.
We also board the prison-ship Jersey, anchored off the shore of what would become the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we meet a future governor, one of the collection of patriots and martyrs whose faith sustained them as they gave their all to the cause of political and religious liberty.
Today, modern evangelical Protestants are divided along a dizzying number of fissure lines based upon different views about such issues as the sovereignty of grace and the end times. Imagine how surprised many of today’s readers will be when they see that many of these separate streams of theology actually share common roots. From Geneva to Dallas is a sensibly even-handed telling of this largely unknown history by Dr. Thomas Ice and we thank him for sharing it.
This issue marks the beginning of our fifth year of publication. The students, faculty and friends of City Seminary thank you for your expressions of support, and wish you well as you labor for His kingdom.
On the Cover
George Morland, English, 1763–1804. The Wreckers, 1791. Oil on canvas 103.8 x 139.4 cm (40 7/8 x 54 7/8 in.). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bequest of William A. Coolidge, 1993.41
The January-March 2009 issue includes these articles:
- The Batavia Mutiny
- Munster 1534
- The Huguenot Queen
- Joseph Hiester: The Patriot of Wallabout Bay
- The Martyrs Monument
- From Geneva to Dallas: The Forgotten History