The Devil’s in the Details

“…the intellect is very rarely deceived in general definition or in the essence of the thing; but that it is illusory when it goes farther, that is, applies the principle to particular cases.  In reply to the general question, every man will affirm that murder is evil.  But he who is plotting the death of an enemy contemplates murder as something good.  The adulterer will condemn adultery in general, but will privately flatter himself in his own adultery.  Herein is man’s ignorance:  when he comes to a particular case, he forgets the general principle that he has just laid down.” –John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559)


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