Political Grace

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-03
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr
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In this exploration of John Calvin's political thought, Roland Boer treats Calvin as a biblical scholar and political philosopher, showing us elusive aspects of Calvin'sInstitutes. Boer investigates Calvin's careful thinking in theInstitutesas well as in his biblical commentaries, pursuing Calvin's understanding of political freedom.Boer also explores Calvin's views on grace with the eye of a careful interpreter, and suggests what we might find in Calvin's political thought if we took the Bible, grace, and freedom as seriously as Calvin did.

Author Biography

Roland Boer is Research Professor in Theology at the University of New-castle, Australia, and the author of numerous books on biblical studies and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xv
Argumentp. xv
Contextp. xviii
Sentence Productionp. xxiv
Protesting Too Muchp. 1
Exegesisp. 2
Contextp. 6
Theologyp. 18
Bible: The Irrepressible Bookp. 21
Out of the Reach of Human Handsp. 22
The Chicken and the Egg, Auto-Faith, God and the Holy Spiritp. 24
Conservatives and Radicals on the High Groundp. 32
Grace: The Question of Revolutionp. 39
Letting Grace Have Its Headp. 39
Roping Grace Back Inp. 48
The Revolutionary Paradoxp. 55
Freedom: The Liberty of the Gospelp. 57
Curtailing Freedomp. 59
Private and Publicp. 64
The Paradox of Calvinist Legalismp. 70
Politics: Overthrowing Ungodly Rulersp. 75
From Separation to Entanglementp. 76
Between Anarchy and Tyrannyp. 78
What to Do with an Ungodly Rulerp. 80
Subject Only in the Lordp. 88
Paul: Inheriting an Insightp. 93
Inheriting an Insightp. 94
Calvin and Paul in Contextp. 104
Conclusion: What If? Calvin and the Spirit of Revolutionp. 111
Summaryp. 111
Biblep. 116
Gracep. 122
Freedomp. 125
Politicsp. 129
Bibliographyp. 133
Scripture Indexp. 141
Subject Indexp. 143
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