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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

There Are No Happy Christians, or: Profitable Knowledge Makes Us Sad

Once again, the title was intended to draw you in. There are obviously respects in which it is patently false. But it is not false in every respect. I was directed to the following passage in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Commentary on the Song of Songs (36.2) by John Webster’s essay on the vice of curiosity. […]

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Archive Early Church Fathers Eric Parker Nota Bene

Know Thyself to be Incomprehensible

Perhaps it would have done Descartes some good to read Gregory of Nyssa. Perhaps not. Regardless, for Gregory, there is great mystery in the human intellect. Man lacks the ability to fully comprehend himself, though surely he comprehends what is necessary for cognition, for piety, and for the other virtues. The incomprehensibleness of the human […]

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Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Ourselves

Wisdom and Worship in Two Parts John Calvin famously begins his¬†Institutes of the Christian Religion with a programmatic statement about the interrelation of knowledge of God and knowledge of oneself, in a sort of sanctification of the injunction of the Delphic Oracle: Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and […]