John Calvin: Writings on Pastoral Piety

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John Calvin, one of the most important Protestant reformers of the 16th century, is well known as a theologian. However, he was also a caring preacher, pastor and spiritual leader. This volume in the dynamic Classics of Western Spirituality series highlights this significant but relatively unknown side of Calvin by exploring his piety and spirituality.

This volume covers the scope of Calvin's life and work and includes sections on his life, theological orientation, liturgical ...

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Overview

John Calvin, one of the most important Protestant reformers of the 16th century, is well known as a theologian. However, he was also a caring preacher, pastor and spiritual leader. This volume in the dynamic Classics of Western Spirituality series highlights this significant but relatively unknown side of Calvin by exploring his piety and spirituality.

This volume covers the scope of Calvin's life and work and includes sections on his life, theological orientation, liturgical and sacramental practices, the psalms, worship and prayer. The sources translated, some of which were previously translated by other persons, include letters, sermons, prayers, lectures, scriptural commentary, worship services and theological writings.

While other translations of Calvin's works are available, this volume stands out because of its emphasis on a lesser-explored aspect of his work, his piety. Students and scholars of Protestant theology and spirituality and those with an interest in Reformation studies will find this to be an indispensable addition to their library.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments and Permissions
Abbreviations
General Introduction 1
Pt. 1 An Autobiographical Introduction to John Calvin 39
Sect. I "The Reply to Sadoleto," 1539 41
Sect. II A Glimpse of Calvin in His Personal Letters 50
Sect. III A Selection from the Preface to the Commentary on Psalms, 1557 55
Pt. 2 Theological Orientation 65
Sect. I Piety 67
Sect. II Faith 74
Sect. III The Church 79
Pt. 3 Liturgical and Sacramental Practices 83
Sect. I Psalms and the Psalter 85
Sect. II Sunday Worship in Calvin's Geneva 98
Sect. III Weekday Worship in Calvin's Geneva 135
Sect. IV Passion Week 178
Pt. 4 Prayer 195
Sect. I Calvin's Exposition of the Lord's Prayer 197
Sect. II Occasional Prayers from the Catechism and Liturgy 210
Sect. III Prayers from Calvin's Sermons 220
Sect. IV Prayers from Calvin's Lectures 241
Pt. 5 Piety in the Christian Life, Ethics, and Pastoral Care 247
Sect. I Piety, Ethics, and the Christian Life 249
Sect. II Pastors and People in the Crises of Life 291
Notes 333
Bibliographies 339
An Annotated List of Suggested Readings on Calvin's Piety 343
Subject 349
Index to Biblical Citations 352
Proper Names 358
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