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Title: The English soul and God : a reflection
Authors: Naulty, Reg
Keywords: Calvinism
Calvin, John, 1509-1564. The institutes of the Christian religion -- Criticism and interpretation
Providence and government of God
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Theology
Citation: Naulty, R. (2002). The English soul and God : a reflection. Melita Theologica, 53(2), 185-189.
Abstract: In what follows I shall argue that the English soul is characterised by a set of deeply rooted attitudes. The most publicly visible attitude consists of confident cheerfulness. This is the attitude in which government and business are conducted in England. The attitude of official optimism has a religious foundation; it is the attitude required by a belief in Providence. Anyone who has this belief should expect the good to prevail. That seems to be a descendant of the Calvinist concept of faith. Thus Calvin wrote in The Institutes a/the Christian Religion: "we shall possess a right definition of faith if we call it a firm and certain knowledge of God's benevolence towards us. There can be no doubt of the value of this in the ordinary course of life.
Appears in Collections:MT - Volume 53, Issue 2 - 2002
MT - Volume 53, Issue 2 - 2002

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