Sunday, July 12, 2009

John Calvin & Neelah Grace 7-10-1509 / 2009

"Wisdom lies in knowing God and knowing oneself."

(Calvin's Institutes: Part 1 Knowledge of God the Creator - Section 1 The Whole Sum of Wisdom - first sentence)

Neelah Grace, may you likewise upon entering this world, find yourself on an imaginative adventure of self discovery in the coming years as you lean into experiencing and knowing your Creator God! And Neelah Grace, may the spirit of wisdom that resided in John Calvin through faith, hope and love, also populate your being....Amen.

John Calvin, a convert to Reformation Christianity was born 500 years ago in Noyon, France, on July 10, 1509. Neelah Grace was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 10, 2009.

"Calvin is best know for his influence on the city of Geneva. It was there that he modeled many of the principles of liberty later embraced by America's Founders, including anti-statism, the belief in transcendent principles of law as the foundation of an ethical legal system, free market economics, decentralized authority, an educated citizenry as a safeguard against tyranny, and republican representative government which was accountable to the people and a higher law."

"Those who consider Calvin only a theologian fail to recognize the breadth of his genius. The editing of our wise laws in which he had a large share, does him as much credit as his Institutes... so long as the love of country and liberty is not extinct amongst us, the memory of this great man will be held in reverence." Jean Jacques Rousseau

Once again, I have to forgive the French - shame!

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