I am new to the Textkit community - I was hoping for some help with a passage from a sixteenth century author, John Calvin. Calvin was a trained humanist, and often quoted, alluded to, and generally imitated classical authors in his prose. However, I am having a very difficult time understanding his usage in the following sentence:
"Tametsi enim illic quaedam apparet humilitatis species, longe tamen abest, quin deiectio quaelibet, humilitatis nomine, apud Deum commendetur."
In the main, the sentence is actually fairly simple - "Although a certain appearance of humility appears here ("here" being a particular religious practice Calvin is discussing) nonetheless it is far (from true) . . . any sort of abasement, under the name of 'humility" . . . commended before God."
Basically, I'm struggling to understand the conjunction "quin." Every reference grammar and Lexicon I have consulted indicates that quin functions negatively. Here it would appear to mean the opposite - "it is very far away [from true?] that any sort of abasement . . . may not be commended before God" sounds like Calvin is affirming "every sort of abasement," at least to my ear. But the context renders that sense impossible - Calvin is in the middle of a long diatribe precisely against "forms of abasement."
I would love some suggestions how to render the conjunction here! I appreciate it.