Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

February 27, 2006

Here is a quote: "From the first, therefore, I hav…

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Here is a quote:

“From the first, therefore, I have always said to myself, “if the battle is to be fought with honor and with a hope of victory, then principle must be arrayed against principle; then it must be felt that in Modernism the vast energy of an all-embracing life-system assails us, then also it must be understood that we have to take our stand in a life-system of equally comprehensive and far-reaching power. When thus taken, I found and confessed and I still hold, that this manifestation of the Christian principle is given us in Calvinism. In Calvinism my heart has found rest. From Calvinism have I drawn the inspiration firmly and resolutely to take my stand in the thick of this great conflict of principles.”

This statement of Calvinism being a dominating principle may confuse some who only think of Calvinism in a context of TULIP, or Calvinism as a doctrine of salvation. But in actuality, Calvinism is not just “one man’s opinion” about salvation but the dominating principle that in the widest possible cosmological sense, the Triune God is Sovereign over the whole cosmos, in all its spheres and kingdoms, visible and invisible.

The funny thing is that just as this battle was being won, the enemy changed uniforms. It is now not modernism that is arraying its forces against truth, it is post-modernism that we battle. In post-modernism (definitely I am no expert) the idea is that truth is variable and, as it relates to scripture, the text contains no inherent truth but it becomes true, variable, for each person, uniquely, as he encounters the text in his own way and time.This next quote seems to suggest that this approach to scripture is bankrupt from the start:

“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world- to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”



  1. Who is the author of the quote? It’s kind of neat and scary at the same time to begin to grasp what post-modernism means. I’ve been trying to wrestle with this jello-like concept for many years now (it’s one of academia’s banal vocabulary words) and have designed a class session on pre-modern, modern and p-m views of truth that is one of my favorites to give.

    Comment by Sister — February 28, 2006 @ 2:21 am

  2. Which quote? The first one is Abraham Kuyper. My paragraph on pm actually in part reflects Karl Barth’s take on scripture, so he was a very early pm. The last quote was from you-know-who.

    Comment by Bruce S — February 28, 2006 @ 5:19 am

  3. Great quotes. Why not HTML-blockquote them? And I think that jello-like is the best possible description of pm, because it is by definition correct! And how frustrating, because how can you make any headway in an argument with someone who can at any moment shut the discussion down with “well, that may be true for you” ?

    Comment by son1http://ruberad.wordpress.com — February 28, 2006 @ 6:32 pm

  4. Replace “Jesus” with “Calvinism” and I wholeheartedly agree.

    Comment by Albino Hayford — March 12, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

  5. Me too. Provisionally. I sort of posted that quote to be a bit provocative. The idea of an ‘ism’ providing that kind of comfort to a man must certainly be wrong. But the idea behind the post (quote) is that he was saying the sovereignty of God is what he was resting in. Trusting in God’s sovereignty over history is not an identity with trusting in Jesus as a God/man who in his active and passive obedience reconciled the world to God. After all Jesus Christ is one person(just one person, might I say?) of the triune Godhead.

    Good to hear from you, Jim.

    Comment by Bruce S — March 13, 2006 @ 2:27 am

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