Posted by Lynn on October 07, 1997 at 14:51:27:
In response to Doctrine and St. John, written by Kathy F. on October 07, 1997 at 08:42:03
] What were the Brontes' beliefs? Jane obviously understands enough of Calvinistic doctrine to know it when St. John preaches it, and she doesn't scorn it, so that almost leads me to believe that the author was at least slightly Calvinistic. But she shows a good example of "good Calvinism gone bad" in St. John. He seems so sure of himself that he willingly overlooks Jane's constitution and spirit. That is not right. However sure he may be of his own future (which there seems to be too few "if the Lord wills" and too many "I will"), he cannot be so sure of that of his cousin.
Yes, Kathy- he doesn't seem to understand that Jane must decide for herself what God's will is for her. He seems to think he has the right to choose her future for her, and even goes so far to make her feel guilty if she doesn't choose what he has decided is her vocation. I think he is so mean, so indifferent to what others feel. He is so different from his sisters.
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