John Calvin has become a foundational figure for me theologically. I mean, it makes sense with the whole “Reformedish” thing, but it’s surprising to find out how many Reformed or Calvinist types there are out there who’ve never really spent time with the man’s works. In any case, I’ve noticed over the last few months that I tend to post little sections of his works on a fairly regular basis. That being the case, I’ve decided to gather all of my Calvin posts on one page for easy reference.
I’m also taking this opportunity to formalize my interactions into a little project in which I select and comment on a passage in either the Institutes or the commentaries every week. There are a number of reasons for this, but I’ll list 4.
- Calvin’s works are easy enough to reference and they cover a broad theological terrain which makes him ideal to engage with regularly.
- This will be obvious to most, but I would like to point out that I am not a Calvin expert, but an amateur looking to grow by engagement with one of greats of Protestant thought. I read somewhere that it is wise for young theologians to pick one classic theologian and read everything they’ve ever written, not in order to agree with everything they’ve ever said, but simply to learn. I probably won’t read everything Calvin ever wrote because, well, I’m not getting a Ph.D. here. It is just a blog. Still, Calvin is one of those guys that sustained attention to seems to repay the effort.
- Not enough people know what Calvin taught beyond the 5 points (which Calvin probably didn’t teach, even though he probably agreed with them). This is my little way of introducing people to a Calvin beyond the caricature.
- I’ve been looking for a long-term project.
These ‘Calvin Comments’ will correspond either with my own personal Bible study, or a relevant issue I happen to be studying–that is to say, this is probably going to be haphazard and follow no particular order.
Soli Deo Gloria