John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor [NOOK Book]


An introduction to the essential life and thought of one of
history's most influential theologians, who considered himself
first and foremost a pilgrim and a pastor.

July 10, 2009, marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth
of ...

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An introduction to the essential life and thought of one of
history's most influential theologians, who considered himself
first and foremost a pilgrim and a pastor.

July 10, 2009, marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth
of John Calvin. As controversial as he was influential, his critics
have named a judgmental and joyless attitude after him, while his
admirers celebrate him as the principal theologian of Reformed
Christianity. Yet his impact is unmistakable-a primary developer of
western civilization whose life and work have deeply affected five
centuries' worth of pastors, scholars, and individuals.

What will surprise the readers of this book, however, is that
Calvin did not live primarily to influence future generations.
Rather, he considered himself first and foremost a spiritual
pilgrim and a minister of the Word in the church of his day. It was
from that "essential" Calvin that all his influence flowed.

Here is an introduction to Calvin's life and thought and
essence: a man who moved people not through the power of
personality but through passion for the Word, a man who sought to
serve the gospel in the most humble of roles.

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"This book is a masterful treatment of John Calvin by a masterful church historian. We see Calvin the theologian, Calvin the reformer, Calvin the man. His mind and heart are laid bare by Dr. Godfrey's work. A must read."
R. C. Sproul, President, Ligonier Ministries; Senior Minister of Preaching, St. Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida

"John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor will surely rank among the best introductions to the life and thought of one of the church's greatest theologians. It offers a rich tapestry woven from both Calvin's life-story and his profound biblical theology. Here we meet the real Calvin-strikingly apostolic in his constant preaching, his lecturing, his authorship of many erudite volumes and a vast correspondence, and his deep care for the many needs of his flock-while himself in constant physical sickness. It is a remarkable story. Dr. Robert Godfrey's mature scholarship, enthusiasm for his subject, and easy style bring Calvin to life for the twenty-first-century reader. Here is a rare work indeed, making it easy to see why the great Genevan Reformer was such an inspiration to those who knew and loved him."
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas

"There are good books on Calvin's doctrine, his life, his piety, and his influence in the modern world. However, this book stands out as a marvelous integration of all three. More than accessible, this book is interesting even for those who know nothing about Calvin or his significant labors. It would be dishonest to deny that this book is written by an admirer of Calvin, but as a veteran church historian, Professor Godfrey places the reformer in his context and does not hide his blemishes. I owe a great deal of my own formative understanding of Calvin to Robert Godfrey and hope for a wide readership of this important book."
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life

"Bob Godfrey has long been known as doing the unimaginable and has once again lived up to his reputation. His work on Calvin offers not only an accessible history of the man and his work, and an assessment of his influence, but also allows Calvin to be seen through his own words and offers an opportunity for another generation to appreciate the vastness of his genius. Combining excellent scholarship with an accessible style, Dr. Godfrey has once again placed the church in his debt as he resurrects the character from the caricature in which Calvin is so often buried."
Robert M. Norris, Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland

"This book is arguably the best introduction to the life and ministry of John Calvin by one of the Reformed world's best interpreters of the Reformation. For anyone wondering what the fuss is over the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, this is the place to start."
D. G. Hart, Author of The Lost Soul of American Protestantism and Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433521508
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 715,282
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

W. ROBERT GODFREY is president of Westminster
Seminary California and a longtime professor of church history
whose many speaking engagements have included conferences sponsored
by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Ligonier
Ministries, and the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology.
Godfrey is a minister in the United Reformed Churches and the
author of four other books and numerous articles.

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