I had trouble focusing on this portion of my reading. I think it was a combination of rambunctious children and the topic. Thus, some of my points/questions may not do justice to what Calvin actually wrote.
It has been a while since I have thought about the law, and I enjoyed reading Calvin's presentation thus far. I still think he could use more Scripture (page 110 is an example), but perhaps he is saving that for later in the chapter. I have also, more and more, started to take note when Calvin uses a derogatory phrase or label on folks he disagrees with. I am sure I didn't catch them all, but here are the ones that I did catch:
In this latter half of chapter two, I'm glad Calvin more frequently cited Scripture. As an overarching observation, I wonder if Calvin confuses the human will in salvation and in sanctification. At minimal, he doesn't distinguish it (unless I missed it). Thus, it seems, at times, fairly confusing to me with how Calvin makes his case for how the human will operates. On some pages, I can see his point; however, on others I find myself hesitant to accept his reasoning. Another point of seeming confusion is the matter of the law and grace, and I wonder how much of this relates back to his view of Israel and the Church. I am not sure if the confusion lies with him or with me. What I do know is that I am not content with what I feel is the lack of clarity on his handling of the human will. Occasionally, he even feels contradictory.
Chapter two has continued, for me, with the same sentiment that I expressed last time. It is good, but not as good as chapter one. I don't mind how much he interacts with the philosophers, but I am bothered slightly that Calvin gives us a lot of reasoning, and doesn't always interact richly with the Scriptures. There are times as I read this chapter where I am thinking, I hope this isn't all that Calvin will give us here, and I expect he will dig deeper into the Scriptures on this later. And, when Calvin says, "I think...this can be better demonstrated by appealing to the witness of Scripture rather than to mere argument", I am thinking, Yes, by all means (57)!
This time as I read, I had a few more question marks (on whether I agreed with Calvin) and less statements that stuck me as especially rich. This is not to say that there wasn't a lot to appreciate, I just wanted to share I felt a little contrast so far in this chapter.
I almost always find something rich when I dip into Calvin's Commentaries during sermon preparation. However, I have never sat down and read him as a normal book would be read. I am enjoying it so far. Here are some assorted items: