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Jan Kalvín

Datum narození: 10. červenec 1509
Datum úmrtí: 27. květen 1564

Jan Kalvín byl švýcarský teolog francouzského původu, významný představitel křesťanské reformace 16. století, zakladatel kalvinismu.


„Je víra ničemu nerozumět a jen zcela podrobovat přesvědčení podle církve?“

„We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.“


„There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.“

„There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.“

„If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house, then in a field,... it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.“

„The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.“

„A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent“

„True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self.“


„Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.“

„The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.“ Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life

„Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.“

„It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility "faith"!
(Institutio III.2.3)“


„There is no knowing that does not begin with knowing God.“

„The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.“

„No one can travel so far that he does not make some progess each day. So let us never give up. Then we shall move forward daily in the Lord's way. And let us never despair because of our limited success. Even though it is so much less than we would like, our labour is not wasted when today is better than yesterday!“ Institutes of the Christian Religion

„A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers.“

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