“Post Tenebras Lux.”
The motto of the city of Geneva, Switzerland, is the “Post Tenebras Lux.” It is Latin for “After Darkness, Light.” It was the motto of the early Reformers and is engraved on the Reformation Wall monument in Geneva.
We at Citygate Films produced a short film about John Calvin’s Geneva with John Piper for his ministry, Desiring God. We filmed there in May, as Dr. Piper was speaking at The Gospel Coalition’s conference there. And since today is Reformation Day, in honor of Martin Luther posting his 95 theses on the Wittenberg door in 1517, Desiring God released this short film.
One woman’s name is also included at that monument (seen in this film). Her name is Marie Dentière. I read about her life in the book, Feminine Threads, which I highly recommend for an understanding of Christian women in history. Here is an excerpt from that book, written by Dr. Diana Severance:
Marie Dentière became abbess of the Augustinian convent of Tournai in Flanders in 1517, the year Martin Luther published his 95 Theses. Luther’s ideas quickly spread to Flanders, and around 1524, Marie converted to the belief that salvation came by faith in Christ, not works in the Church. Forced from the convent and abandoned by her family, Marie fled to Strasbourg. There she met and married a former priest, Simon Robert. When Robert died in 1533, Marie married Antoine Froment, a Reformer in Geneva. Antoine at the time was a teacher and a merchant, though later he became a pastor. Marie helped Antoine in the shop while also caring for her three children. …[In 1536] Marie anonymously published the first Protestant history of the Genevan Reformation – The War and Deliverance of the City of Geneva. This small book described the victory of the gospel over the tyranny of the Pope and the Duke of Savoy. Her history was not merely a chronicle of contemporary events but a theological reflection upon them. She wrote to convince the Genevans of God’s purpose for their city. Soon after, John Calvin arrived and worked with William Farel to establish the government of the city based on the Bible.
Marie’s productivity as a wife, shopkeeper, and writer was grounded in her love for the Bible. Her passion for truth is the reason she, like the others honored there, are part of this monument. We share in that heritage. Happy Reformation Day.
Well it is well beyond Reformation Day but as we often say here at CMC some blog posts are worth repeating. This is one of them. ~ CMC
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Carolyn is the author of two books, Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World (Moody Publishers, 2008) and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred (Crossway, 2004). Carolyn is also a contributor to Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor (Crossway, 2005), as well as to other webzines and publications. She is a frequent conference speaker for women’s ministry events and also maintains a blog, Radical Womanhood.