Monday, July 2, 2007

anthropological and psychological Calvinism

Calvin's discourses in THE INSTITUTES on man's will and man's nature are quite good. Not only does he draw extensively from the scriptures, but traces philosophy and theology through history to see what they have to say. He quotes from Augustine, Chrysostom, Plato, Cicero, Aristotle, Seneca, Lombard, Ambrose, Jerome, Origen, Bernard, Anselm, and Eucherius. He suggests that we are often "intoxicated with a false opinion of our own discernment." But here is my favorite....

"He who is most deeply abased and alarmed by the consciousness of his disgrace, nakednes
s, want, and misery has made the greatest progress in the knowledge of himself."

What a sobering and humbling truth.

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