Calvin’s austerity?

Wrapping up my essay on Calvin’s doctrine of Scripture I ran across a copiously amusing passage in the Institutes. Speaking about proper theology as being done within the limits of revelation, namely Scripture, Calvin makes a swift and brutally funny comment on what God was doing before he created the world. Did he struggle with cosmic boredom? Noooo…. , answers Calvin with a twinkle in his eye, he was busy creating hell for those theologians with overly-curious minds toying with „idle speculations” (Inst. 1.14.1). Hmm… sometimes you wonder: has he made hell big enough? 🙂


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