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Part one of this series. (Bob Dylan and Edward Taylor)
(II Corinthians 12:9)
Like the free-thinking poet William Blake, Bob Dylan has problems with accepting that kind of reasoning:
I hate myself for loving you and the weakness that it showed You were just a painted face on a trip down Suicide Road The stage was set, the lights went out all around the old hotel I hate myself for loving you, and I'm glad the curtain fell .... Lady Luck, who shines on me, will tell you where I'm at I hate myself for loving you, but I'll soon get over that
(Bob Dylan: Dirge)
According to sociologist Max Weber, the psychological tension produced by the predestinarian doctrine causes Calvinists to seek a ‘sign’ that he or she is indeed in God’s Elect – success in one’s earthly “calling” being such a sign.
Many try to stop me, shake me up in my mind Say, "Prove to me that He is Lord, show me a sign" What kind of sign they need when it all comes from within When what's lost has been found, what's to come has already been? Well, I'm pressing on To the higher calling of the Lord
In all their acts, public and private, nay, And secret too, they praise impart But in their acts divine, and worship, they With hymns do offer up their heart Thus, in Christ's coach saints sweetly sing As they to glory ride therein
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness Hath commanded in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge Of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
Calvin, Blake, and Wilson Gambled in the dark Not one of them would ever live To tell the tale of disembark
When that greater dream had gone Calvert and Wilson, Blake and Claude Prepared a rest for the people of God Palmer's phrase, but after that Confusion fell upon our thought
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