Book Review: The Necessity Of Reforming The Church

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Necessity Of Reforming The Church, by John Calvin

I got out of this book of about 100 pages what I expected to get out of it.  I expected to see lawyerly attempts to defend the legitimacy of a deeply compromised and even self-contradictory worldview and that is what I found, although admittedly Calvin is a great deal easier to read, for all of his personal history, than many of the Calvinists I have read over the course of my life, and his writing is at least to the point (even if sometimes that point is a very long one).  I am no friend of Calvinism [1], but by and large I found a great deal to appreciate about this book.  I am especially pleased that this book is an honest one–it states its aims and makes a stand on what it considers to be legitimate grounds, and does so…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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