Southern Religion

Calvin jubilee

John Calvin

Presbyterians, celebrating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, offer two curricula for reading his Institutes of the Christian Religion in 2009:

Oh, yes, in English (not the 1559 Latin or 1560 French).

Princenton jumps right in on Jan. 5 with “The Appeal To Custom Against Truth:”

Even in their appeal to “custom” they accomplish nothing. To constrain us to yield to custom would be to treat us most unjustly. Indeed, if men’s judgments were right, custom should have been sought of good men. But it often happens far otherwise: what is seen being done by the many soon obtains the force of custom; while the affairs of men have scarcely ever been so well regulated that the better things pleased the majority. Therefore, the private vices of the many have often caused public error, or rather a general agreement on vices, which these good men now want to make law. Those with eyes can perceive it is not one sea of evils that has flooded the earth, but many dangerous plagues have invaded it, and everything is rushing headlong. Hence, one must either completely despair of human affairs or grapple with these great evils-or rather, forcibly quell them. And this remedy is rejected for no other reason save that we have long been accustomed to such evils. But, granting public error a place in the society of men, still in the Kingdom of God his eternal truth must alone be listened to and observed, a truth that cannot be dictated to by length of time, by long-standing custom, or by the conspiracy of men. In such manner Isaiah of old instructed God’s elect not to “call conspiracy all that this people call conspiracy,” “not” to “fear what they fear, nor be in dread” thereof, but rather to “hallow the Lord of Hosts and let him be their fear and dread” [Isa. 8:12-13].


January 5, 2009 Posted by | Religion | , , , | Comments Off on Calvin jubilee

What name did you call your abuser?

fire in the night

fire in the night

Memories may return like a fire in the night to those who survived childhood abuse so severe it induced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Sometimes just a name, or a fragment of a name, either of which may be almost too much to bear.

Buster writes:

Do you remember, or does one of you remember, what you called your abuser?




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January 5, 2009 Posted by | Crime | Comments Off on What name did you call your abuser?