1. Scripture superior to all human wisdom
If you had to choose a favourite author then who might you choose: Shakespeare, Chaucer or a more contemporary writer: Ian Hislop, Chaim Potok or Carol Ann Duffy? In this section of the Institutes Calvin argues that the effect of scripture on human beings is greater than anything else. He says that “Of human writings however artfully polished, there is none capable of affecting us all comparably”. Calvin’s examples of writings lesser than scripture include Demosthenes, Cicero, Plato and Aristotle. Scripture will “penetrate your heart” and “fix in your very marrow”. Would this be true for you? Which Bible passages affect you in this manner? In this section Calvin asserts that scripture “breathes something divine”. Can you agree?