Another gem of a post over at Calvin 500 in the ‘Baptists and Calvinism’ series. Here’s my favorite part-
… A. T. Robertson, perhaps the finest Greek scholar of the Baptist tradition, while listing those whom he considered the best examples of preaching scholars, wrote:
This then is true; not all scholars can preach, and not all preachers can become scholars. There are varying degrees of both, but the best preachers have generally been men of the best training in the schools. This is all that can be said and it is enough. For each man wants to do the most that is in him for the glory of God. The leading examples of preaching will confirm this statement. Paul was an educated man, and so was John Chrysostom, the Golden Mouthed preacher of later days. Luther was a theological professor. Calvin preached every day for a long time while professor of theology at Geneva. John Knox learned Greek and Hebrew between the ages of forty and fifty. Whitefield and Wesley, the great popular preachers, were Oxford men. The famous French preachers, Bossuet, Bourdaloue and Massillon, were likewise scholarly men. And the exceptions usually prove the rule, for even Spurgeon has made a respectable scholar of himself in spite of the lack of early training.
Robertson’s inclusion of Knox and Calvin is certainly not accidental, and had he believed as [Ed] Young believes, he certainly couldn’t have included them.
Other famous Baptists have also found much merit in Calvin, including but not limited to—and in no particular order—Charles Spurgeon, Roger Williams, Basil Manly, J. P. Boyce, and, of course, Al Mohler. [Mr] Young may be a vocal critic of Calvin and the Reformed tradition, but he is not a central voice, and he is not even an important voice.
Enjoy the whole.
- Calvinism and Baptists: The Commencement of a Series (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)