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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

A Year with the Institutes, Day 7

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

"Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves." (Book 1, chapter 1, paragraph 1, sentence 1)

There it is, the very beginning of Calvin's treatise. McNeil's footnote on the sentence says this:
This statement, thrice revised, stands at the beginning of every edition of the Institutes . . . These decisive words set the limits of Calvin's theology and condition every subsequent statement.

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