The Life of John Calvin

The Life of John Calvin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...As God is the principle and end of all things, so they return at last to him; and in going into eternal fire, demons shall go to God himself. But it was the doctrine of the Holy Trinity that he set himself chiefly to impugn. In his first book he was more cautious than in those which followed; the doctrine of the earliest was nearer to Sabellianism than to any thing else. We have the authority of the ministers of Zurich, for saying that he often called the Trinity of the orthodox, " a triple monster, a three-headed Cerberus, imaginary gods, and, finally, visionary and three-headed devils;" that he reviled Athanasius and Augustin, as " Trinitarians, that is, Atheists." To enlarge upon his other errors and heresies, respecting the creation, the immortality of the soul, regeneration, &c, would be unnecessary. Our object is not to detail the vagaries of an enthusiast, whose works indicate a perversion of mind almost amounting to insanity. Still less is it our wish so to represent his pestiferous errors as to convey the idea that it was right to visit them with secular penalties and a cruel death. We reject the opinion, nor is it a merit in any one to do so at this time, when all reasonable Christians do the same. But we only mean to show that the tenets of Servetus were such, as might naturally lead even good men, in the twilight of religious liberty, to recognise the duty Some of his own expressions are: Ignis ille ab seterno paratus est ipsemet Deus qui est ignis. Si hoc bene intellexissetOrigenes, non dixisset demones salvandos, eoquod essent ad suum principium redituri; redibunt quidem, et euntes in ignem ad ipsumet Deum ibunt. Chauffpie, note W. i % For the propositions in full, see Natalis Alexandri Hist. Ecc. ix. 163, more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651680X
  • 9781236516800