REL 212: Study Guide 2

 

Review Calvin's definition of faith in the Institutes, 3.2.7. Cf. his understanding of "knowledge" (Institutes, 3.2.14).

 

What does Calvin mean that the knowledge of God involves (requires?) piety, trust, and reverence? What does this mean for anyone, including non-religious people, who seeks the knowledge of God? Cf. Leith's comment about faith, argument, and decision (Doctrine, xiii–xiv). Cf. also Augustine's claim, "We believe in order to understand" (Doctrine, 6).

 

 

Leith, Doctrine: ch. 3

 

Reflect on what mystery is and what revelation is.

 

 

Leith, Introduction: ch. 2

 

Don't worry about knowing all the details. Get a sense of the general scene in Europe during the 16th century and the spread of the Reformed tradition in subsequent centuries.

 

 

Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

 

From here on, use the chapter and section headings as your guide to the readings & for review.

 

As you read in Calvin's Institutes,

 

1) Pay attention to what issues Calvin addresses and what kind of arguments he presents to support his points,

 

2) Review the appropriate passages in the Leith volumes (use the indices in the back), and

 

3) Consider how what Calvin writes relates to the Reformed theology of worship.