Calvin: an Intro to His Thought Paperback – 1 Oct 1995
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From the Back Cover
John Calvin (1509-64) was a key figure in what we now call the European Reformation; but his influence extends to the twentieth century, most notably through the theology of Karl Barth. Outstanding as biblical scholar, preacher and practical Church reformer, Calvin intended all his work to be service of the Word of God. Although couched in sixteenth-century terms, his theology drew on the wealth of previous Christian thinking and possesses an enduring quality which makes it relevant to the situation of the Church today. This book provides a solid and comprehensive introduction to the whole range of Calvin's theology. Concentrating on Calvin's major work, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, it explains what he has to say to all Christians at all times. It leads readers through the text of the Institutes in a new and original way that will give them a serious sense of Calvin both as a Christian and as a thinker.
About the Author
T. H. L. Parker was a widely respected authority on Calvin's life and thought. He was Reader in Theology at the University of Durham in England.
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The strength of this book is how Parker manages to share critical insight on the continuity of the Institutes in brief statements, which is a big help for the pastor or well-informed lay-Christian to better understand how Calvin's theology is integrated in the Institutes. He also offers helpful correctives throughout the book on where traditional reception of Calvin has either misunderstood or exaggerated Calvin, such as his teaching on election (Book III), or the practical operation of the "Society of Christ", the members of the Church and her ministry (Book IV). In this way, the book is not merely a survey of the Institutes, but gives clearer reading of Calvin, while at the same time keeping the comments brief as to whet the appetite for more.
I would highly recommend this work, along with the "Outstanding Christian Thinkers" series to pastors and lay-persons who desire greater insight into their broader Christian heritage. This is also a great companion work to read both during and after reading Calvin's Institutes.
The influence of John Calvin (1509-1564) reaches from the Reformation to Karl Barth and beyond. Outstanding as biblical scholar, preacher, and practical Church reformer, Calvin intended all his work to serve the Word of God. Although couched in sixteenth-century terms, his theology drew on the wealth of previous Christian thought and continues to be relevant to the situation of the Church today. This book is a comprehensive introduction to the whole range of Calvin's theology. Concentrating on Calvin's major work, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, the author explains its relevance to Christians of all times. This volume will give readers a full and serious sense of Calvin both as a Christian and as a thinker.
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