Calvin in Context (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199736386

David C. Steinmetz
328 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
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The book illuminates Calvin's thought by placing it in the context of the theological and exegetical traditions - ancient, medieval, and contemporary - that formed it and contributed to its particular texture. Steinmetz addresses a range of issues almost as wide as the Reformation itself, including the knowledge of God, the problem of iconoclasm, the doctrines of justification and predestination, and the role of the state and the civil magistrate. Along the way, Steinmetz also clarifies the substance of Calvin's quarrels with Lutherans, Catholics, Anabaptists, and assorted radicals from Ochino to Sozzini. For the new edition he has added a new Preface and four new chapters based on recent published and unpublished essays. An accessible yet authoritative general introduction to Calvin's thought, Calvin in Context engages a much wider range of primary sources than the standard introductions. It provides a context for understanding Calvin not from secondary literature about the later middle ages and Renaissance, but from the writings of Calvin's own contemporaries and the rich sources from which they drew.


1. Introduction to Calvin
2. Calvin and the Natural Knowledge of God
3. Calvin and the Absolute Power of God
4. Calvin and the First Commandment
5. Calvin and Abraham
6. Calvin and Tamar
7. Calvin and Isaiah
8. Calvin and the Divided Self of Romans 7
9. Calvin and Patristic Exegesis
10. Calvin among the Thomists
11. Calvin and the Baptism of John
12. Calvin and his Lutheran Critics
13. Calvin and the Monastic Ideal
14. Calvin and the Civil Magistrate
15. The Judaizing Calvin
16. Calvin ad the Jews
17. Calvin and the Ancient Philosophers
18. The Scholastic Calvin
19. Calvin and the Irrepressible Spirit
20. Concluding Observations

About the author: 

Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity, Duke Divinity School

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