History, Revelation, and Calvin’s Theology of ‘Divine Lisping’



“For who even of slight intelligence does not understand that, as nurses commonly do with infants, God is wont in measure to ‘lisp’ in speaking to us? Thus such forms of speaking do not so much express clearly what God is like as accommodate the knowledge of him to our slight capacity. To do this he must descend far beneath his loftiness” (Calvin, Institutes, Book 1, Chapter 13, Section 1).

The Blind Spots in Questioning God’s Goodness

The Bible
When we confront books in the Bible like Joshua, its really easy to sympathize with those who doubt whether God is truly good. How can God wipe out entire nations simply to advance His mission? Is it really fair that he kills entire people groups but spares Israel simply because they are His favored people? These questions and many others aren’t easy to dismiss when we approach the conquest narratives in the book of Joshua.