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5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin made easy, 20 May 2006
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I. M. Hardy (Durham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Calvin for Armchair Theologians (Paperback)
If, like me, you've never quite been able to get your head around Calvin then this book is for you. It clearly and understandably outlines his theology in a good amount of detail, as well as looking at his personal background and the legacy left by his thought. Christopher Elwood's language is clear but never condescending, and Ron Hill's illustrations inject welcome humour. An excellent introduction to a key Christian thinker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin for Dummies?, 2 July 2006
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G. J. Weeks (London) - See all my reviews
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The style is Calvin for Dummies but I guess such a title might breach Dummies' copywrite. This book is well written at a popular level and has delightful cartoons. The history, thought and theology of the great French reformer of Geneva are sympathetically related. Calvin is absolved of some of the many slanders by his detractors, though not that of having a very vehement forceful character. It would also have helped to have been informed that Calvin was not even a citizen of Geneva for most of his stay there let alone its demagogue. The inheritors of Calvin are fairly described though there are some glaring omissions like Cromwell, Covenanters and the Kuyperian tradition. The is one little niggle, a commitment to inclusive language, so using third person feminine pronouns where the masculine is usual. But I wholeheartedly recommend this as an introduction to Calvin.
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