Life in Christ: Union with Christ and Twofold Grace in Calvin's Theology

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Scholars have concluded that union with Christ is centrally important to Calvin's thought. But how does this idea actually function in his theology?

In three wide-ranging case studies, Mark A. Garcia offers a comprehensive yet focused analysis of the centrality of union with Christ in Calvin's thought. It explains not only the distinctive nature of Calvin's response to Rome on justification, but why this response must be carefully distinguished...

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Overview

Scholars have concluded that union with Christ is centrally important to Calvin's thought. But how does this idea actually function in his theology?

In three wide-ranging case studies, Mark A. Garcia offers a comprehensive yet focused analysis of the centrality of union with Christ in Calvin's thought. It explains not only the distinctive nature of Calvin's response to Rome on justification, but why this response must be carefully distinguished from that of his Lutheran counterparts.

The fruit of these investigations is the first extensive demonstration that Calvin's exposition of union with Christ in relating justification and sanctification points to an emerging Reformed theology of justification that diverges from the Lutheran tradition. Calvin's exegetical and theological model of union with Christ accents the importance in the early Reformed tradition of the relationship between Christology and salvation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842275726
  • Publisher: Authentic Media
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Garcia (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is Pastor of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in West Allegheny (Oakdale), Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Foreword David F. Wright Wright, David F.

Part One

Ch. 1 Calvin, Union with Christ, and the Duplex Gratia: Paradigms of Interpretation and Methodological Considerations 11

Ch. 2 Union with Christ and Saving Righteousness: Anticipations, Proposals, and Trajectories 47

Part Two

Ch. 3 In Christ, Like Christ: Union with Christ, Good Works and Replication in Calvin's Romans 89

Ch. 4 Christ and the Spirit: Sacraments, Salvation, and the Strata of Union with Christ 149

Ch. 5 Applied Christology: Calvin versus Osiander in Light of the Eucharistic Controversy 197

Part Three

Conclusion 255

App. A A Witness to Calvin's Paulinism: 1539 Institutio Marginalia to Chapter Six, "On Justification by Faith and Works of Merit" 269

App. B Calvin, Vermigli, and the Strata Union with Christ: A Closer Look at the 1555 Correspondence 273

Bibliography 289

Scripture Index 341

General Index 345

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