500 years of Calvin: an assessment of the human condition

By Stephen V. Anderson The 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth a year ago prompted a review of his Institutes … Continued

By Stephen V. Anderson

The 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth a year ago prompted a review of his Institutes of the Christian Religion which prompted a rereading of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters which prompted the need for an assessment of the human condition which lead to…

Totally Calvin

A variety of conferences, commemorations and publications marked the quincentenary anniversary of the reformed theologian John Calvin’s birth a year ago this summer (July 10, 1509). The occasion prompted (predetermined?) this.

Field notes from a one year armchair assessment of the human condition.

Got depravity?

Gulf gaffes.
Golf gaffes.

Steroid ambitions.
Boob additions.

Priestly assignations.
Splits in denominations.

Atta boys.
Atta girls.

Olsteen’s prosperity.
Half a theology.

Pauline philosophy.
Libertarian narcissity.

Cheney’s lair.
Hell Cheney.

Rekers’ rents.
Dawkins, Harris and Hitchen’s rants.

The Lord’s Resistance Army.
Tombstone blunders in the army.

You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God… Satan (played by Al Pacino) in The Devil’s Advocate (1997).

Friedman’s folly.
Greenspan’s volley.

Rational choice.
One more vice.


Death benefits from the V.A.
Prudential Insurance M.I.A.

Judge Martin L.C. Feldman.
Holdings in Deepwater Horizon.

Barton’s ideology.
Never mind, just inanity.

Faith in the Large Hadron Collider.
One more Babelic Tower.

Faith in intellectual capacity.
Kuhn and Popper – obscurity.

Confidence in inferential statistics.
Black swans and fat tails exist.

Confidence in clinical experiments.
Little matter of overrepresented gents.

Faith in meta-analyses.
Little matter of unpublished null discoveries.

Cultural clip.
Wormwood in a comic strip.

One more.
Geraldine by Flip.

Got depravity?


Not convinced.

γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Socrates).

You say you do.

“You must bring him to a condition in which he can practice self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself which are perfectly clear to anyone who has ever lived in the same house with him or worked in the same office (Screwtape).”

Romans 3:23 (Apostle Paul)

Stephen V. Anderson teaches, among other things (to confound matters further), scientific method at the University at Albany (SUNY).

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