Book Review: On The Christian Life

Edge Induced Cohesion

On The Christian Life, by John Calvin

I find it somewhat surprising to say that I can unreservedly appreciate this book.  It must be admitted, of course, that this book is written from a different perspective and in a different way than I would do so [1].  That obvious comment aside, though, this book is remarkably warm and human, and not the sort of thing I would expect to read from someone with the fearsome reputation of John Calvin.  Indeed, one wonders where it is that Calvin’s followers got into the sort of harsh asceticism that they are now known for given Calvin’s rather harsh views towards that approach expressed here.  Calvin is, as always, deeply influenced by a knowledge of and interest in Greek philosophy, and his writing about Christian stoicism while adopting a view of moderation and self-restraint here is certainly contrary to the spirit of his own…

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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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