Quotables

25 Oct

These two quotes come from John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion:

“If it is considered a shame to be ignorant of facts about life, self-ignorance is much more shameful, because it makes us deceive ourselves in matters of great importance, and so walk through life blindfold.” (2:1:1)

“So, in every age, the one who is quickest to lift high the excellence of human nature is received with the loudest applause.  Teaching man to rely on himself can be no more than sweet seduction, because everyone who is deluded by it will be ruined…If we listen to teachers who get us to dwell on our good qualities, then far from making progress in self-knowledge, we will be sunk in the most disastrous ignorance.” (2:1:2)

These quotes come from Tony Lane & Hilary Osborne’s abridged version of the Institutes.  This is a great introduction to Calvin’s work in a readable, well presented format.  Check it out here.

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