The stories, testimonies and profiles of our godly forebears are a powerful and direct link to the past, allowing us to see major historical events and eras through the eyes of those who lived through and participated in them. Such a unique perspective serves not only to enlarge our understanding of history, it also provides insight into the character of these men and women we study. It is instructive for us to consider particularly the impact of some of those saints of old who were concerned with building a godly social order. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the lives of these trailblazing figures.
R.A. SHEATS is the author of Pierre Viret, the Angel of the Reformation (Zurich Publishing, 2012). An independent researcher and author, she has contributed articles to the Pierre Viret Association, and the International Journal of Reformed Theology and Life. Sheats is currently engaged in the translation of Pierre Viret’s original works from sixteenth-century French into English. She lives in Florida.