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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

22 July 2005

The Mystery of Godliness

I am taking some time to read through a collection of sermons by John Calvin in the book The Mystery of Godliness. Reading Calvin's sermons really gives me an insight into how Calvin preached and viewed the Christian life. It is quite refreshing. As I read, more and more I realize he was a tender-hearted pastor and theologian who was genuinely seeking to live a holy life before a holy God. So many of the criticisms leveled against Calvin are simply ignorant, mainly because folks simply don't take the time to actually read what he wrote. Calvin preached and wrote more about theology proper, the Christian life, and personal holiness than he did about predestination and election, yet P&E is what critics associate Calvin with the most. I bet if more Calvinists (me included) would read Calvin more often and take heed to what he was trying to say in regards to living a holy life before a holy God, we would probably save some face in many debates. On the other side of the coin, if more Arminians and other Calvin critics would actually take the time to read Calvin, and then reason from his writings to a possibly legitimate dispute, I would respect them more. But since most just like to bring up the Servetus fiasco ad nauseum, a real dialog will never take place.


Blogger JIBBS said...

True story, bro. It's amazing how many times I've heard "Calvin was an evil murderer" over at CARM.

22 July, 2005 14:07  
Blogger Doug said...

Amen Joe. There was much more depth to Calvin then only P&E.
What does "Servetus fiasco ad nauseum mean?

24 July, 2005 09:40  
Blogger JIBBS said...


Joe's referring to the Michael Servetus incident, where the man was put to death by the political leaders in Geneva. Historical redactivists have tried to shift the blame onto Calvin because of Calvin's quarrels with Servetus on the Trinity. (Servetus was a Unitarian). But truth be known that Calvin was one of the very few who treated the man with kindness in order to procure his recantation of heresy and spare his life.

24 July, 2005 10:48  
Blogger The Common Anglican said...

I am in total agreement. I have fought the Servetus argument too many times...about as many times as I have fought the "Roman Catholics aren't Christians" argument.

Cheers from a fellow Calvinist in the House of Canterbury,

~ The Common Anglican

PS: I hope you don't mind that I added your blog to the baptist section of my blogroll? I enjoy your thoughts.

25 July, 2005 14:49  

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