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The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin


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Alexandre Ganoczy, David L. Foxgrover, James Schmitt, William G. Naphy, Wulfert de Greef, John L. Thompson, I. John Hesselink, Guenther H. Haas, Dawn De Vries, Joel R. Beeke, Jeannine Olson, William R. Stevenson, Jr., Richard C. Gamble, Andrew Pettegree, Carl R. Trueman, R. Ward Holder, David F. Wright, B. A. Gerrish, Jane Dempsey Douglass, Karin Maag, Paul Fields
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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521816472

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  • John Calvin (1509–64) stands with Martin Luther (1483–1546) as the premier theologian of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Calvin's thought spread throughout Europe to the New World and later throughout the whole world. His insights and influence continue to endure today, presenting a model of theological scholarship grounded in Scripture as well as providing nurture for Christian believers within churches across the globe. Dr Donald K. McKim gathers together an international array of major Calvin scholars to consider phases of Calvin's theological thought and influence. Historians and theologians meet to present a full picture of Calvin's contexts, the major themes in Calvin's writings, and the ways in which his thought spread and has increasing importance. Chapters serve as guides to their topics and provide further readings for additional study. This is an accessible introduction to this significant Protestant reformer and will appeal to the specialist and non-specialist alike.

    • Draws on the expertise of the world's leading Calvin scholars
    • Provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to the many dimensions of Calvin's life and work
    • Chapters are both historically and theologically-orientated, appealing to both divinity students and general readers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This [is a] well rounded collection of eighteen essays on Calvin and his legacy … because they are written by experts in the field, they also reflect the latest understanding and give readers a wide range of fascinating insights into his place in history.' Contemporary Review

    'This volume presents a serious engagement with a wide body of writings. It takes in Calvin's position as a Church reformer, giving us a chance to learn from him and his times, and leaving us with food for thought for our Church today.' Baptist Times

    'It was indeed a feast to read this recent publication on the life and work of the world famous theologian John Calvin. … The editor of this publication, Donald K. McKim, who is also a specialist in Calvin research, may be very proud of this publication and of his editorial work. … The book is written in understandable English which makes it accessible also to the non-theologian to get an overview as well as an insight into the life, work and influence of one of the greatest scholars and theologians of all times. … I can recommend this book wholeheartedly.' C. F. C. Coetzee, Neotestamentica

    'The Cambridge Companion will be a useful tool for students interested in Calvin, the Reformation and Reformed theology.' Themelios

    '… a valuable addition to all undergraduate libraries and will prove helpful to those who are seeking a brief summary of Calvin's life and work as well as his influence on future generations.' Anvil

    'It is of the same quality and high standard as the other volumes in the series that have already been published.' Neotestamentica

    '… this volume provides a valuable first look at the influential reformer. … quite suitable for undergraduate students or nonspecialist readers desiring a comprehensive introduction to John Calvin and his thought.' Reviews in Religion and Theology

    '… a welcome addition to the growing number of titles in the Cambridge Companions to Religion series. … readable enough for the undergraduate student and yet informative enough for the graduate or postgraduate … a worthwhile addition to any student's or pastor's theological library. … a useful collection of valuable research.' Calvin Theological Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521816472
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Calvin's Life and Context:
    1. Calvin's life Alexandre Ganoczy, translated by David L. Foxgrover and James Schmitt
    2. Calvin's Geneva William G. Naphy
    Part II. Calvin's Work:
    3. Calvin's writings Wulfert de Greef
    4. Calvin as a biblical interpreter John L. Thompson
    5. Calvin's theology I. John Hesselink
    6. Calvin's ethics Guenther H. Haas
    7. Calvin's preaching Dawn De Vries
    8. Calvin on Piety Joel R. Beeke
    9. Calvin and social-ethical issues Jeannine E. Olson
    10. Calvin and political issues William R. Stevenson, Jr
    11. Calvin's controversies Richard C. Gamble
    Part III. After Calvin:
    12. The spread of Calvin's thought Andrew Pettegree
    13. Calvin and Calvinism Carl R. Trueman
    14. Calvin's heritage R. Ward Holder
    Part IV. Calvin Today:
    15. Calvin's role in church history David F. Wright
    16. The place of Calvin in Christian theology B. A. Gerrish
    17. Calvin in ecumenical context Jane Dempsey Douglass
    18. Calvin in context: current resources Karin Maag and Paul Fields.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Christian Environmental Philosophy
    • Reformation Theology
    • Tudor and Stuart Britain
  • Editor

    Donald K. McKim, Memphis Theological Seminary
    Donald K. McKim has served as Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary, and Professor of Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, in addition to being a pastor in Presbyterian Church (USA) churches. He is the author and editor of over twenty-five books and currently works as Academic and Reference editor for Westminster John Knox Press.


    Alexandre Ganoczy, David L. Foxgrover, James Schmitt, William G. Naphy, Wulfert de Greef, John L. Thompson, I. John Hesselink, Guenther H. Haas, Dawn De Vries, Joel R. Beeke, Jeannine Olson, William R. Stevenson, Jr., Richard C. Gamble, Andrew Pettegree, Carl R. Trueman, R. Ward Holder, David F. Wright, B. A. Gerrish, Jane Dempsey Douglass, Karin Maag, Paul Fields

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