What is the Sum of True Wisdom?

Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. But where does one find his or her’s wisdom in a day and age that seems to claim so many truths. John Calvin helps break down how the evil of man can still yet be used for the good things of God and how God uses that to lead His people to find Him.

Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other. For, in the first place, no man can survey himself without forthwith turning his thoughts towards the God in whom he lives and moves; because it is perfectly obvious, that the endowments which we possess cannot possibly be from ourselves; nay, that our very being is nothing else than subsistence in God alone. In the second place, those blessings which unceasingly distil to us from heaven, [Read more…]

Plenary Session—Part 3

After giving us a whirlwind history of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, John W. de Gruchy concluded his remarks by demonstrating from the recent history of his country how Calvinism both supported and eventually refuted Apartheid, by reclaiming some of Calvin’s social justice mandates.

Kathy Dawson

Plenary Session—Part 2

John W. de Gruchy from the University of Cape Town is now speaking about the influence of Calvin via the Dutch Reformed Church on South African society throughout its history. Calvinism first became established in South Africa in 1652, close to the same time it arrived in America.

Kathy Dawson

First Plenary Session—Part 1

Herman Selderhuis, President of the International Calvin Congress is concluding his remarks on “Survival of the Fittest? A Brief History of the Reception of Calvin’s Theology.” The gist of his paper was that Calvin’s works were not particularly well accepted when first published, but have stood the test of time partially because his theology seems to have avoided some of the polarity of the time and worked well with governing powers.

Kathy Dawson

In Geneva

We’re sitting here in the CICG conference with all the Calvinites awaiting the start of the International Calvin and His Influence Conference in Geneva. Our room looks like a United Nations set up with Smart tables and chairs, headsets for translation and a large panel table on the podium up front. There are people from many different parts of the world including a good representation of Presbyterians from the United States.
We’ll be live blogging here from the conference once it begins. We– being Columbia Theological Seminary students and faculty in attendance.

Kathy Dawson