John Calvin's Ideas

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $152.10
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 22%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $152.10   
  • New (5) from $152.10   
  • Used (1) from $253.37   


John Calvin is universally acknowledged as one of the formative Christian theologians, one of the great doctors of the Church. This book is the first substantial treatment of some of his key ideas which have a philosophical aspect to them. In the past Calvin has frequently been thought of as a anti-philosophical in his bent, and attention has been drawn to his intense dislike of speculation. His role as a theologian of 'the Word' has been emphasized, together with his Renaissance background. Paul Helm does not deny that Calvin was first and foremost a theologian, and not a philosopher, and the influence of the Renaissance upon him, particularly upon his style, must be recognized. However, through a careful analysis of Calvin's theology, Helm reveals both Calvin's thorough familiarity with a range of philosophical ideas, and a willingness to use these, putting them to work in elucidation of his own theological positions, and even on occasion indulging in a little speculation on his own account. In order to emphasize Calvin's often positive relationship to philosophical ideas, the chapters of the book are arranged in philosophical rather than theological order. Thus there are chapters on metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. As well as examining Calvin's theology in its late medieval context. Helm also explores the way in which Calvin has been appealed to in contemporary philosophy by 'reformed' epistemology. This study should lead to a reappraisal of Calvin's theological method, and of the way in which his work relates not only to late miedieval theology but also to later developments in Reformed theology, Puritanism and Reformed Scholasticism.

About the Author:
PaulHelm is currently a Teaching Fellow at Regent College, Vancouver

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199255696
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2005
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Helm is J. I. Packer Professor of Philosophical Theology, Regent College, Vancouver.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 God in Se and Quoad Nos 11
2 The trinity 35
3 The Extra 58
4 Providence and evil 93
5 The soul 129
6 Free will 157
7 Divine accommodation 184
8 Natural theology and the Sensus Divinitatis 209
9 Revelation 246
10 The angels 282
11 The power dialectic 312
12 Equity, natural law, and common grace 347
13 Faith, atonement, and time 389
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)