January 2009 Archives

Blog 20: 1.12.3 - 1.13.3

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After concluding his arguments against idolatry, proving that any use of images in worship is a sacrilege, Calvin turns to a consideration of the Trinity, as taught in Scripture. In addition to providing a basic definition of the doctrine--there is... continue

Blog 19: 1.11.13 - 1.12.2

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Calvin continues to make his case against the use of images (icons, crucifixes, and the like) in Christian worship, which he believes to be nothing less than an idolatrous violation of the Second Commandment. One of Calvin's arguments is historical:... continue

Blog 18: 1.11.7 - 1.11.12

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This section of the Institutes includes one of the most helpful comments that Calvin ever made about the Christian life.  "Man's nature," he said, "is a perpetual factory of idols." In context, Calvin is referring to idols in their most... continue

Blog 17: 1.11.2 - 1.11.6

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The Institutes is a positive presentation of Christian faith and doctrine.  But it is also something more: a polemical response to the Roman Catholic Church, in which Calvin defends the theology and practice of the Reformation.  Here we find the... continue

Blog 16: 1.9.3 - 1.11.1

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It is characteristic of Calvin's theology in general and of his Institutes in particular to give strong affirmation to the person and work of the Holy Spirit.  Generally speaking, Calvin does not do this by treating the Third Person of... continue

Blog 15: 1.8.10 - 1.9.2

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Calvin skilfully weaves themes together like strands of thread.  Faith  appears in connection with the self-authentication of Scripture, then disappears from view, returning in Book III. Word and Spirit come together, and then come together again. This style is partly... continue

Blog 14: 1.8.2 - 1.8.9

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We noted earlier the distinction Calvin draws between certainty and opinion. The Holy Spirit brings about the certain conviction that Scripture is the Word of God, whereas the testimony of the church can only help us to form the opinion... continue

Blog 13: 1.7.3 - 1.8.1

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The Christian church is subordinate to the Word of God.  She does not grant the Bible its authority. Divine authority exercised through Scripture comes before the church, it is not established by the church. Calvin here begins to develop a... continue

Blog 12: 1.6.2 - 1.7.2

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What is the knowledge of God that Scripture makes sense of? Calvin insists that, before it is the knowledge of God the redeemer, Scripture gives us the true knowledge of God our Creator and sustainer. First nature, then grace. The... continue

Blog 11: 1.5.12 - 1.6.1

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Whether or not Calvin patterns the Institutes after the Letter to the Romans it is pretty clear that at this point he has Romans 1-2 in mind. God manifests his nature, his power and goodness, to all men and women... continue
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