Lectures on Calvinism
Here four mutually dependent fundamental questions arise:
- Does Religion exist for the sake of God, or for Man?
- Must it operate directly or mediately?
- Can it remain partial in its operations or has it to embrace the whole of our personal being and existence?
- Can it bear a normal, or must it reveal an abnormal, i.e., a soteriological character?
To these four questions Calvinism answers:
- Man’s religion ought to be not egotistical, and for man, but ideal, for the sake of God.
- It has to operate not mediately, by human interposition, but directly from the heart.
- It may not remain partial, as running alongside of life, but must lay hold upon our whole existence.
- Its character should be soteriological, i.e., it should spring, not from our fallen nature, but from the new man, restored by palingenesis to his original standard.