Scripture Breathes Something Divine

Posted: September 19, 2011 in bible, books, calvin, quotes

Read Demonsthenes or Cicero; read Plato, Aristotle, and others of that tribe.  They will, I admit, allure you, delight you, move you, enrapture you in wonderful measure.  But betake yourself from them to this sacred reading.  Then, in spite of yourself, so deeply will it affect you, so penetrate your heart, so fix itself in your very marrow, that, compared with its deep impression, such vigor as the orators and philosophers have will nearly vanish.  Consequently, it is easy to see that the Sacred Scriptures, which so far surpass all gifts and graces of human endeavor, breath something divine.

– John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1960), 1:8:1


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