Book Review: Calvin On Prayer

Edge Induced Cohesion

Calvin On Prayer, by John Calvin

It has been a strange phenomenon of my reading that I have found Calvin as a writer far more appealing than I have found his followers, and certainly far more interesting.  Reading Calvin has not, alas, changed my opinion on Calvinism [1], but it has given me at least some interesting insight concerning Calvin’s own thinking and behavior, and has given me at least some degree of interest in how it was that Calvin was so honest about his background as a Hellenistic Christian writer who even viewed the aprocryphal book of Baruch as scripture while those who followed after him showed themselves rather ignorant both about the Greek philosophy that intrigued Calvin as well as the distinction between Calvin’s own way of thinking and the biblical one, a distinction which is definitely in evidence here.  We may see Calvin as a rather severe…

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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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