Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Family fun with John Calvin
I discovered today, whilst reading a very popular book on the atonement (it's on page 170), that James Arminius was in fact the son-in-law of John Calvin. I also discovered that Theodore Beza was Calvin's son-in-law too.
Just imagine the fun the three of them must have had debating limited atonement. I bet they teased him a lot, "Go on old boy tell us what you really think, stop messing about with all that ambiguous use of 'the world', and 'all'." But I am sure that John just chuckled to himself and said "Wouldn't it be funny if several centuries from now people debated what I really thought about the matter."
Taking an anachronistic approach to questions of historical theology really isn't that funny. But claiming that Arminius and Beza married Calvin's daughters (not that he had any) is frankly absurd. I don't think that there was much by way of checking sources on those two claims.