I’ve read through the Institutes 3 times. It’s good, I guess. I just don’t really resonate towards Calvin. And until 1800, that was more or less the impression in the Reformed world. So why are people so concerned to tag us as Calvinists? I debated Orthodox Bridge on this point 3 years ago. They couldn’t even understand the question.
Where Calvin is interesting is not predestination. You can find the same thing in Aquinas (and harder and more stern). He’s interesting on union with Christ and church government.
Rutherford is a good example:
John Coffey notes in his glorious study on Rutherford concerning how marginal Calvin was for Reformed scholastics:
“Yet contrary to the common assumption, Calvin did not tower above all other Reformed theologians in importance. In *Pro Divina Gratia* Rutherford referred to Calvin only four times. William Twisse…was referred to 12 times… “Rutherford never called himself a Calvinist” (Coffey, *Politics, Religion, and the British Revolution*, p. 75)