An Early Response to Calvin’s ‘Institutes’
I’m really enjoying the 1541 Institutes,1 and have now reached around page 160. I had been working through him at a fairly fast pace, but came down with a really bad dose of tonsillitis last week, and spent a few days in bed with a high temperature. It’s so frustrating to have time off and not be able to read!!
Calvin’s understanding of man is spellbinding. I was reading him on the National Express on the way into London on the first day of the Westminster Conference, and found his balance between not shrinking back from man’s utter depravity, and yet celebrating the vestiges of God’s creative glory persisting in our aesthetic sense, to be so refreshing. I felt that he nailed ‘holy worldliness’ so well! I’m at the tail end of his treatment of the Law now, and once again have had my heart warmed and challenged.
I’m so glad that Banner decided to release this edition. It’s brevity and leanness lend it an immediacy and force that I don’t think I picked up in the Battles edition. Robert White’s translation is a joy as well; none of those rough edges or idiomatic oddities that I find so often spoil translated works.
I’m really enjoying the 1541 Institutes,1 and have now reached around page 160. I had been working through him at a fairly fast pace, but came down with a really bad dose of tonsillitis last week, and spent a few days in bed with a high temperature. It’s so frustrating to have time off and […]
‘Christianity is Taught Not Caught’ July 19, 2019
Today more than ever attention focusses on young people. Newspaper headlines of their activities feature everything from revolution to drugs, student sit-ins to the generation gap, hooliganism to hijacking. Not that the news media are unfair or disproportionate: in a year or two the average age in America will be twenty-four. Most of these young […]
On Doctrine and Practice July 16, 2019
A charge that is made repeatedly against historic Christianity is that its stress on doctrine makes it authoritarian, theoretical, and cold. The Christian religion is a practical affair; putting the faith in terms of truth to be believed alienates or repels many who would otherwise be sympathetic. As John Robinson puts it, ‘the effect of […]