Calvin (Outstanding Christian Thinkers) by T. H. L. Parker

By T. H. L. Parker

John Calvin (1509-64) impact reaches from the Reformation to Karl Barth and past. amazing as biblical student, preacher and functional Church reformer, Calvin meant all his paintings to serve the observe of God. even if couched in sixteenth century phrases, his theology drew at the wealth of earlier Christian proposal and remains to be appropriate to the location of the Church today.This booklet is a complete advent to the total diversity of Calvin's theology. focusing on Calvin's significant paintings The Institutes of the Christian faith, Parker explains it is relevance to Christians of all occasions. This quantity will provide readers a whole and severe feel of Calvin either as a Christian and as a thinker.>

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If you have bad eyesight you cannot read even the most beautiful print. Put on your spectacles and it all becomes clear. The universe is God's most beautiful and clear handwriting. Mankind lacks the eyes to decipher it. Learn from Scripture the relationship between God and the universe, and the signs of his Divinity will everywhere become clear. Scripture is not merely 'another help', but also a 'better help', for in it God reveals himself as the Creator; that is, he does not merely teach his people to look to a God, but shows himself as the God to whom they are to look.

L, 15313"16). With the spectacles which are Holy Scripture, looking at the mirror which is Genesis 1 2, we shall not lose ourselves in infinity of time or unlimited space. It is impudence to complain against God that the emptiness is a 35 CALVIN hundred times greater than the universe. The obsession with infinity of time and space is a cupidity, a coveting to go outside the world. l, 15335-37). Here we have no close exposition of Genesis 1 - 2. No doubt we are meant to read the relevant parts of Calvin's commentary on Genesis, which had appeared five years before this Institutio.

Johannes Cochlaeus opposed this with his De authoritate ecclesiae et scripturae, 'On the authority of the Church and Scripture' (1524). The title represents the contents by putting Church before Scripture and thus in a sense above Scripture. Calvin is here rebutting both Cochlaeus and also Johannes Eck, whose Enchiridion (1532) had the same purpose. To make the authority of Scripture depend on the authority of the Church was, for Calvin, to make it depend on human decisions. He has already in earlier chapters rejected the validity of man's judgement in regard to the knowledge of God.

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