Institutionalized: The Beginning

A long time ago on here I mused about reading through Calvin’s Institutes and posting a sort of blow by blow account of my impressions.

Then for a long time nothing happened.

Until now.

I have in my possession a copy of Volume I of Institutes on loan from the Brooks’ library, so now there’s really no reason not to have a gander at this thing and blog thoughts on it. Brooks himself has it on his Kindle so I believe his plan is to follow along as well. My initial idea for doing this had a pair of underpinnings, loosely they are as follows:

  • I have been raised in and currently attend churches that are part of the Calvinist tradition – yet I don’t know what the man wrote, only distillations of it.
  • Like many (if not most) widely-invoked yet less-widely-read figures, I have this sense that Calvin might be different from what his followers make him out to be.

I don’t know what I’m going to get out of this. Complete rejection of Calvin? Embrace? Something else entirely? Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, my hope is that I can as honest as possible with my thought process as I tackle this project.

One final note, I created “Institutionalized” as a separate category so that anyone follow along with this series of posts quite easily. My goal as of right now is to post, say, once a week or so. We’ll see how that goes.