Blogging the Institutes Updates

Blogging The Institutes

Blog 19: 1.11.13 – 1.12.2

Calvin continues to make his case against the use of images (icons, crucifixes, and the like) in Christian worship, which he believes to be nothing less than an idolatrous violation of the Second Commandment. One of Calvin’s arguments is historical:…
Posted January 29, 2009 @ 6:00 AM by Phil Ryken

Blog 18: 1.11.7 – 1.11.12

This section of the Institutes includes one of the most helpful comments that Calvin ever made about the Christian life.  “Man’s nature,” he said, “is a perpetual factory of idols.” In context, Calvin is referring to idols in their most…
Posted January 28, 2009 @ 9:39 AM by Phil Ryken

Blog 17: 1.11.2 – 1.11.6

The Institutes is a positive presentation of Christian faith and doctrine.  But it is also something more: a polemical response to the Roman Catholic Church, in which Calvin defends the theology and practice of the Reformation.  Here we find the…
Posted January 28, 2009 @ 9:37 AM by Phil Ryken

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