Christ and the Decree

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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In Christ and the Decree, one of the foremost scholars of Calvinism today expounds the doctrines of Christ and predestination as they were developed by Calvin, Bullinger, Musculus, Vermigli, Beza, Ursinus, Zanchi, Polanus, and Perkins. Muller analyzes the relationship of these two doctrines to each other and to the soteriological structure of the system.Back by demand, this seminal work on the relationship between Calvin and the Calvinists is once again available with a new contextualizing preface by the author. It offers a succinct introduction to the early development of Calvinism/Reformation thought.

Author Biography

Richard A. Muller (PhD, Duke University) is P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of numerous books, including The Unaccommodated Calvin, After Calvin, and Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. He also serves as the editor for the Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 Printingp. ix
Preface to the 1988 Printingp. xii
Preface to the 1986 Printingp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Protestant Orthodoxy: Survey of Opinionp. 1
Theological and Methodological Considerationsp. 10
Reformed Theology in Its First Codification: The Systems of Calvin, Bullinger, Musculus and Vermigli
Predestination and Christology in the Thought of Calvinp. 17
Fundamental Distinctions in Calvin's Theologyp. 17
Calvin's Doctrine of Predestinationp. 22
Patterns in Calvin's Christologyp. 27
Christ and Election-The Interrelationship of Two Focal Points in Calvin's Theologyp. 35
The Systems of Calvin's Contemporariesp. 39
Predestination and Christology in the Thought of Heinrich Bullingerp. 39
Musculus' Loci Communesp. 47
Vermigli's Loci Communesp. 57
Epilogue: Christ and the Decree in the First Codification of Reformed Theologyp. 67
The Formulation of Orthodox System: Reformed Theology in Its Second Codification
The Movement Toward Orthodoxy
Predestination and Christology in the Thought of Theodore Bezap. 79
The Tabula Praedestinationis (1555)p. 79
Beza's Contribution to the Systematic Structure of Reformed Theologyp. 83
Reformed Theology in Heidelberg: Zacharias Ursinus and Jerome Zanchip. 97
Ursinus on Christ and the Decreep. 97
Christology and Predestination in the Theology of Zanchip. 110
Epilogue: The Movement Toward Orthodoxyp. 121
The Early Orthodoxy Codification
Calvinism at the Close of the Sixteenth Century: Polanus and Perkinsp. 129
Predestination in the Doctrinal Structure of Early Orthodoxyp. 129
The Development of Christological Structures in Early Reformed Orthodoxyp. 133
Predestination and Its Christological Referent in the Theology of Polanus and Perkinsp. 149
Epilogue: The Early Orthodox Codificationp. 171
Christ and the Decree in the Development of Early Orthodoxy: Retrospect and Prospectp. 175
Notesp. 183
Select Bibliographyp. 227
Index of Authorsp. 237
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