Friday Quote:

calvin-t-shirt.jpg…let us use great caution that neither our thoughts nor our speech go beyond the limits to which the Word of God itself extends. For how can the human mind measure off the measureless essence of God according to its own little measure, a mind yet unable to establish for certain the nature of the sun’s body, though men’s eyes daily gaze upon it. Indeed, how can the mind by its own leading come to search out God’s essence when it cannot even get its own? Let us then willingly leave to God the knowledge of himself.

And let us not take it into our heads either to seek our God anywhere else than in his Sacred Word, or to think anything about him that is not prompted by his word, or to speak anything that is not taken from that Word.

Calvin
Institutes
XIII.21 (volume 1, pg. 146)

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2 Comments

  1. Another victim of Calvin’s fiery zeal was Gentile, one of an Italian sect in Geneva, which also numbered among its adherents Alciati and Gribaldo. As more or less Unitarian in their views, they were required to sign a confession drawn up by Calvin in 1558. Gentile subscribed it reluctantly, but in the upshot he was condemned and imprisoned as a perjurer. He escaped only to be twice incarcerated at Berne, where in 1566, he was beheaded. Calvin’s impassioned polemic against these Italians betrays fear of the Socinianism which was to lay waste his vineyard.

    Link : http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03195b.htm

  2. Thanks for a comment that has nothing to do with the quote. It show how interested that you are in dealing with the theological issues at hand. Also leaving a fake name and and e-mail address was really brave of you. Maybe next time I should quote Tomás de Torquemada…

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