Okay, I made it through a third of the first volume. But I intend on plugging away at it yet again this year. (Would that I finally finish Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, which I’ve partially read and has been a constant bedside companion for over ten years. I know, shame on me. My wife and kids endlessly mock me.)
Back to Calvin. Here’s some things Keller learned after reading the Institutes:
- First, it is not just a textbook, but also a true work of literature.
- Second, it is nothing if not biblical.
- Third, the Institutes are, I think, the greatest, deepest, and most extensive treatment of the grace of God I have ever read.
- Last of all (and here our modern evangelical terminology fails us) Calvin’s writings are astonishingly “doxological.”
And here’s the reading plan Keller references.