Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Calvin Quote for the Day 2-11-08

"If, therefore, these terms [theological terms in relation to the Trinity] were not rashly invented, we ought to beware lest by repudiating them we be accused of overweening rashness. Indeed, I could wish they were buried, if only among all men this faith were agreed on: that Father and Son and Spirit are one God, yet the Son is not the Father, nor the Spirit the Son, but that they are differentiated by a peculiar quality."

I might say as I look at Calvin's use of Scripture, I think I can understand why some of the more "fundamentalist" Calvinists have difficulty with people like Peter Enns. One of the sections of the Institutes I read today has Calvin looking for Christ in the Old Testament, and he consistently shows that he is unable to read the Old Testament inductively, to let it speak in context. Certainly he would have had little of our sense of the Ancient Near Eastern cultural context.

I was excited to get a copy of Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament today. I don't know when I'll be able to fit it in here, but I am looking forward to it greatly.

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