There is no bolder book, in any language, than the Institutes of Calvin. Luminous as the sky of Switzerland and clear as the waters of Lake Leman, truth is enunciated in it with a confidence which the unbeliever calls dogmatism and the believer knows to be insight. More of this positiveness of faith and insight is needed in theoretical and practical Christianity. It is needed whenever doctrine is stated by the theologian or applied by the preacher. Creeds should be plain, explicit, and firm. Preaching should be downright, direct, and unhesitating.
From: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: A Miscellany of Articles on Theology and Ethics by William G. T. Shedd (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1893), p. 16.