The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Lessons from Calvin

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Kevin DeYoung has been reading Bruce Gordon’s Calvin and learning some lessons. There are seventeen in total:

1. If you want to make an impact beyond your little lifespan, teach people the Bible. “What made Calvin Calvin, and not another sixteenth-century writer was his brilliance as a thinker and writer, and, above all, his ability to interpret the Bible” (viii).

2. The big public personalities are often privately awkward. “In the public arena Calvin walked and spoke with stunning confidence. In private he was, by his own admission, shy and awkward” (x).

3. We read too much causality into our childhoods. “With his contemporaries, and much in contrast to our age, Calvin did not consider his childhood as psychologically formative: it was a brief and brutal preparation for adulthood associated primarily with ignorance, volatility and waywardness” (2).

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 2 April 2011 at 07:58

Posted in History & biography

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