9780664234089

John Calvin, Reformer for the 21st Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780664234089

  • ISBN10:

    0664234089

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-02
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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Summary

Many would argue that a true understanding of contemporary Christian thought is impossible without a basic understanding of John Calvin's contributions. Now, just in time for the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, William Stacy Johnson, a leading theologian, offers this clear and fundamental study of Calvin's insights as a primer for those with little or no knowledge of his work. Calvin is more than just a figure from history. His life and work-both infused with his passion for the reform of the church-had a continuing impact through the centuries, not only on the church but on society in general. Enhanced with questions for discussion and a handy glossary, this volume is sure to be an invaluable resource for those who seek an accessible way into a deeper understanding of Calvin's role in the development of today's Christian faith.

Author Biography

William Stacy Johnson, a leading Presbyterian theologian, offers this clear and fundamental study of Calvin's insights as a primer for those with little or no knowledge of his work. John Calvin (1509-1564) is more than just a figure from history. His life and work-both infused with his passion for the reform of the church-had a continuing impact through the centuries, not only on the church but on society in general. William Stacy Johnson is Arthur M. Adams Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Calvin?p. ix
Calvin: His Life and Influencep. 1
Calvin's Vision of Godp. 13
Grace Alone, Christ Alone, Faith Alonep. 22
Wellspring of Reform: Scripture Alonep. 31
Chosen and Called: Election and Predestinationp. 42
The Workings of Sin and Salvationp. 51
Participation in God's Ways: The Power of the Spiritp. 62
What Does God Require of Us? Law and Gospelp. 73
The Church: Meaning, Ministry, and Missionp. 85
Connecting to God: Worship and Sacramentsp. 97
Politics, Economy, and Societyp. 109
Reformed and Always Reformingp. 120
Notesp. 131
Glossaryp. 137
For Further Readingp. 141
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