Christian Hedonism

September 24, 2011Christian Hedonism, Paul Helm

By Paul Helm Hedonism of whatever kind implies a calculus. In the case of John Stuart Mill’s utilitarianism, the calculus is in terms of utility or satisfaction or pleasure, a ‘felicific calculus’ as his disciple Jeremy Bentham called it. Bentham worked out this idea in some detail. So we may ask, how does one calculate … Read More

Losing Sight of the Insight

September 24, 2011John Calvin, Justification, Paul Helm

by Paul Helm ‘Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ thought Alice; ‘but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!’ – Alice in Wonderland In my last post, “John Calvin’s Stroke of Genius,” we noted that John Calvin habitually thinks of the relation between … Read More

John Calvin’s Stroke of Genius

September 24, 2011John Calvin, Justification, Paul Helm, Sanctification

by Paul Helm Is Christ divided? (I Cor. 1.15) Calvin on justification and sanctification John Calvin claimed that by his death and resurrection Christ procured for his people a ‘double grace’. His fundamental statement on this matter is as follows: I believe I have already explained above, with sufficient care, how for men cursed under … Read More