This post is part of my year long study of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion.
Calvin's Institutes of Religion: 2.1.8
It would seem that I have fallen hopelessly behind the Princeton Seminary's pace, in the reading of Calvin's "Institutes".
Reading the "Institutes" is one thing. Understanding them, and allowing God's word to permeate your being, and seeing your worldview changing before your eyes, in another thing altogether.
Also, I just received a written copy of Calvin's Institutes today, from the UPS dude, as I have also found it frustrating to attempt to read this text, with the available online versions.
I have chosen to use the Ford Lewis Battles translation, as well as Battle's "Analysis of the Institutes of the Christian Religion of John Calvin".
So...when you think total depravity, is there room in your understanding that this is a photograph of your deranged nature?
Our post-modern Christian culture will likely object.
I must confess, it has taken me more than a week to begin to attempt to write this post, as I mulled this subject around in my mind, and sought my heavenly Father in prayer.
Furthermore, I certainly don't profess to be expert on the matter. This teaching is contrary to the worldview that I had somewhere developed!
Let's dig in, and seek to understand what Calvin is teaching here...