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2. The Two Means of Knowing God: Not an Article of Confession for Calvin

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In John Calvin's inaugural oration, Gijsbert van den Brink argued for the relevance and the currency of the second article of the Belgic Confession (1561). He argues about the two means of knowing God: the first means, i.e. the knowledge of God through creation and the second mean is 'God making himself known to us more openly'. To dispute Van den Brink's view, that Calvin is the theologian who has provided the underlying theological theory for the second article of the Confession. As far as Calvin as the author of the Institutio Religionis Christianae is concerned, this view is subject to considerable doubt, and to the extent that he was an important source in the formation of the Belgic Confession, it can be shown to be incorrect. The chapter demonstrates both assertions, and shows what is actually going on in these Calvin texts.

Keywords:Belgic confession; Gijsbert van den Brink; John Calvin; theological theory



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