Wednesday, August 23

On Being Reformed

In reading a preview copy of the brilliant new book by Ben House, Punic Wars and Culture Wars, I came across this delightful definition from B.B. Warfield that I had almost forgotten about:

"The Calvinist is the man who has seen God, and who, having seen God in His glory, is filled on the one hand, with a sense of his own unworthiness to stand in God's sight as a creature, and much more as a sinner, and on the other hand, adoring wonder that nevertheless this God is a God who receives sinners. He who believes in God without reserve and is determined that God shall be God to him, in all his thinking, feeling, willing--in the entire compass of his life activities, intellectual, social, religious relations--is, by the force of that strictest of all logic which presides over the outworking of principles into thought and life, by the very necessity of the case, a Calvinist."

3 comments:

Ben said...

To paraphrase Flannery O'Connor in her story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," that Ben House guy would be quite smart if he were quoting B.B. Warfield every minute of his life.

Jen Rose said...

This is such a great definition. Thank you so much.

srhoyle said...

check out the Sept issue of Christianity Today...

http://theologica.blogspot.com/2006/08/ct-cover-story-on-calvinism.html