Robert Godfrey's book is a thoughtfully written, helpful and at times deeply moving introduction to John Calvin. Not quite a biography and not quite a systematic overview of Calvin's theology, this book is sort of a mixture of the two, you get enough biographical stuff to understand the broad outline of his life and enough systematic stuff to be able to outline his thought.
Godfrey's generous use of the primary sources helps to reveal John Calvin as a real man who lived the Christian life with all its difficulties himself (pilgrim) and had deep concerns for the wellbeing of the Church in his day (pastor). It's refreshing to get an account of the man himself not based on the copious myths surrounding Calvin, and not putting him forward as a theological machine, which we are so easily prone to.
Particularly appreciated is the fact that Godfrey devotes relatively little space to the Five points of calvinism and gives a more rounded vision of Calvin's thought, including his theology of worship and the sacraments. This is particularly useful given their neglect by so many in the resurgence of interest in "calvinism".
All in all, a good, rounded, simple-without-being-simplistic introduction to John Calvin.
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