I Agree With the Frenchman- It’s Also Why When Things Must Be Said, I Don’t Mind Saying Them

Once the Queen of Navarre attempted to gag Calvin, but he wrote a letter telling her that “a dog barks and stands at bay if he sees any one assault his master. I should be indeed remiss if, seeing the truth of God thus attacked, I should remain dumb, without giving one note of warning.”*

*Henry Henderson, Calvin in His Letters (London: J. M. Dent & Company, 1909), 66.


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CBA Annual Meeting News

Registration Invitations Coming Soon!
CBA has contracted with CUA to provide the registration website for our Annual General Meeting. You will receive an e-mail invitation from CBA with a link to the registration site once it goes live.

The registration cost is approximately $145, which includes socials and coffee breaks (after June 27, 11:59 PM EDT, a $25 late fee will be added). Please note that registration closes on July 8, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.

ON CAMPUS: Regis University has several other groups on campus at the same time as CBA.. so on campus housing is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Each guest receives a blanket, flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow case, disposable pillow, 1 bath towel, 1 face cloth, cup, soap with a one time fee of $15.

There are three locations available (a 14.75% city and state lodging tax will be assessed to the rates below):

  • West Hall (suite-style) at $37 per night
  • Residence Village (town-home suite) at $61 per night
  • DeSmet Hall (dorm) at $35 per night

Limited early arrival for the night of Friday, July 27 and late stay over for the night of Tuesday, July 31 are available in West Hall and Residence Village. The dorm rooms for DeSmet Hall are only available for the nights of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

OFF CAMPUS: The Regis University website lists several hotels in various regions of the greater Denver area. The hotels closest to the campus will be listed under the “North Denver Hotel” tab. Click here to visit the Regis University “Where to Stay” web page.

Calvin’s View of Scripture as ‘Self Authenticating’

Let it therefore be held as fixed, that those who are inwardly taught by the Holy Spirit acquiesce implicitly in Scripture; that Scripture, carrying its own evidence along with it, deigns not to submit to proofs and arguments, but owes the full conviction with which we ought to receive it to the testimony of the Spirit. Enlightened by him, we no longer believe, either on our own judgment or that of others, that the Scriptures are from God; but, in a way superior to human Judgment, feel perfectly assured—as much so as if we beheld the divine image visibly impressed on it—that it came to us, by the instrumentality of men, from the very mouth of God. We ask not for proofs or probabilities on which to rest our Judgment, but we subject our intellect and judgment to it as too transcendent for us to estimate.

This, however, we do, not in the manner in which some are wont to fasten on an unknown object, which, as soon as known, displeases, but because we have a thorough conviction that, in holding it, we hold unassailable truth; not like miserable men, whose minds are enslaved by superstition, but because we feel a divine energy living and breathing in it—an energy by which we are drawn and animated to obey it, willingly indeed, and knowingly, but more vividly and effectually than could be done by human will or knowledge. Hence, God most justly exclaims by the mouth of Isaiah, “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he,” (Isa. 43:10).

Such, then, is a conviction which asks not for reasons; such, a knowledge which accords with the highest reason, namely knowledge in which the mind rests more firmly and securely than in any reasons; such in fine, the conviction which revelation from heaven alone can produce. I say nothing more than every believer experiences in himself, though my words fall far short of the reality. I do not dwell on this subject at present, because we will return to it again: only let us now understand that the only true faith is that which the Spirit of God seals on our hearts. Nay, the modest and teachable reader will find a sufficient reason in the promise contained in Isaiah, that all the children of the renovated Church “shall be taught of the Lord,” (Isaiah 54:13).

This singular privilege God bestows on his elect only, whom he separates from the rest of mankind. For what is the beginning of true doctrine but prompt alacrity to hear the Word of God? And God, by the mouth of Moses, thus demands to be heard: “It is not in heavens that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart,” (Deut. 30:12, 14). God having been pleased to reserve the treasure of intelligence for his children, no wonder that so much ignorance and stupidity is seen in the generality of mankind.

In the generality, I include even those specially chosen, until they are ingrafted into the body of the Church. Isaiah, moreover, while reminding us that the prophetical doctrine would prove incredible not only to strangers, but also to the Jews, who were desirous to be thought of the household of God, subjoins the reason, when he asks, “To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1). If at any time, then we are troubled at the small number of those who believe, let us, on the other hand, call to mind, that none comprehend the mysteries of God save those to whom it is given.  Inst I,vii,5

Ad Fontes: An Observation

You may be very, very interested in a subject or field of study.  You may even be very interested in the Bible. Or theology.  Or Church History.  But the fact is, you are not a scholar of those fields until and unless you care enough to read the primary sources of those fields of study.  Ad fontes isn’t just a fun saying, it contains within itself the very heart and soul of accurate, decent, meaningful research.

Where Ad fontes is absent, so is worthwhile scholarship.  Scholarship dependent on translations is always and forever lacking.