Blogging the Institutes
Excerpts taken from Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
Translation by Robert White
Chapter 1: The Knowledge of God
It is easy indeed to see how, the victim of its own empty illusions, superstition mocks God whenever it tries to please him. It only fastens on the things which God expressly says mean nothing to him. It ignores those which he has commanded and which he has said are acceptable to him; or else it openly rejects them. Therefore all who, wishing to honour God, set up religions of their own devising, are merely worshiping their own fantasies. For they would never have ventured to trifle with God if they had not first fashioned him according to their whims.
Superstitious worship is the first of two great evils Calvin identifies in the realm of professing Christianity. Superstition is an Continue reading