QOTD: Calvin on Allegory

While I do not mirror Calvin's exact sentiments on allegory, I will acknowledge the dangers he hints at here, mainly, the speculative novelty of an allegorical reading that sometimes overshadows the natural reading of a text:

I am aware of the plausible nature of allegories, but when we reverently weigh the teachings of the Holy Spirit, those speculations which at first sight pleased us exceedingly, vanish from our view. I am not captivated by these enticements myself, and I wish all my hearers to be persuaded of this,—nothing can be better than a sober treatment of Scripture. We ought never to fetch from a distance subtle explanations, for the true sense will, as I have previously expressed it, flow naturally from a passage when it is weighed with maturer deliberation.[1]


  1. Calvin’s commentary on Daniel 10:5–6 in John Calvin and Thomas Myers, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Daniel, vol. 2 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010), 242.  ↩