Friday, August 1, 2014

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

While all the godly with one consent will admit this, because it is sufficiently attested by the word of God, they will, on the other hand, avoid perplexing questions which they feel to be a hindrance in their way, and thus keep within the prescribed limits. In regard to myself, I not only individually refrain from a superfluous investigation of useless matters, but also think myself bound to take care that I do not encourage the levity of others by answering them.

John Calvin, 1509-1564, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book III, Chapter XXV, 11 (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1975, Vol 2, p.274)

Is this the right attitude toward such things? What things might fall under that category?

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