Rare Steak and Reformed Theology

18 08 2010

Today I’ve begun reading Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. We’re told not to judge books by their covers (which is good advice when a cover is as nasty as this one!) but how about the first page? Can we judge it by that?

The initial quote at the very beginning of the editor’s preface gives me a good sense of where we’re heading:

‘The persuasion that the whole of a man’s life is to be lived as in the divine Presence has become the fundamental thought of Calvinism. By this decisive idea, or rather by this mighty fact, it has allowed itself to be controlled in every department of its entire domain. It is from this mother-thought that the all-embracing life system of Calvinism sprang.’

This book is going to be like a rare bloody steak! That quote alone is dense and oozing life-blood. It cannot be swallowed quickly but must be chewed slowly. It takes effort, but tastes good. It needs to be savoured.

I’m excited about getting into this book, but sense it’s going to take a lot of thought and re-reading of sentences.

There are times for a good steak dinner, and times for soft fast food. When you sit down to eat you’ve just got to know which you’re about to be served, and choose your knife accordingly.

Kuyper is the former, and a Sabatier is most definitely in order…

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2 responses

18 08 2010
matthew Hosier

Enjoy it Liam – I think you’ll find Kuyper an enjoyable antidote to the casuistry of so much current ethical thinking!

18 08 2010
liamthatcher

Agh! Can’t believe you beat me to it. I’ve been trying to drop it into conversations all day and haven’t quite managed it.

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