Monday, December 8, 2008

Calvin on the Hardness of the Human Heart to God's Grace

By Andrew Faris

As much as I enjoy Calvin's theology, he is less inclined to brandish his rhetoric than some of his contemporaries. So I was delightfully surprised by this comment on the hardness of the human heart: "Even though [John in Jn. 12:37-38] does not excuse the obstinate from blame, he is still content with this reason, that God's grace is tasteless to men until the Holy Spirit brings it savor." (Calvin, Institutes, III.xxiv.14; emphasis mine)

1 comment:

Elijah said...

Calvin is bitchen', I mean really, he's top notch. Drawing this implication out a little more, I quote Benedict XVI from his "Jesus of Nazareth," with regard to the tax collector from Luke 18:9-14,

"He draws life from being-in-relation, from receiving all as gift; he will always need the gift of goodness, of forgiveness, but in receiving it he will always learn to pass the gift on to others. The grace for which he prays does not dispense him from ethics. It is what makes him truly capable of doing good in the first place." (62)