Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Birthday John Calvin

Today is John Calvin's 500th birthday. Even though I disagree with certain aspects of his theology, he was a very able exegete and a very intelligent man. His writings are valuable for all Christians. As Jacobus Arminius, who is known for his disagreements with aspects of Calvin's theology, said:

I exhort my pupils to peruse Calvin's Commentaries, which I extol in loftier terms than Helmich himself; for I affirm that he excels beyond comparison in the interpretation of Scripture, and that his commentaries ought to be more highly valued than all that is handed down to us by the library of the fathers . . . but with discrimination, like the writings of all men.

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