A Reformation Debate

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Overview

In 1539 Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras, France, sent a letter to the magistrates and citizens of Geneva asking them to return to the Catholic faith. A few months later, John Calvin replied to Sadoleto, defending the Protestant reforms.

Both letters are lucid and eloquent statements of their respective positions. Their dialog is polemical, but their tone is elevated and their arguments substantial. The letters of Calvin and Sadoleto comprise one of the most interesting exchanges of Catholic-Protestant views of the Reformation era. Together, they form an excellent introduction to the great religious controversy of the sixteenth century.

The two documents are not "ivory tower" writings. They were drafted amid the religious controversy then dividing Europe. They reflect the temperaments and personal histories of the men who wrote them. Sadoleto's letter is irenic, emphasizing unity and peace of the church. Calvin's response is in part a personal defense that records his own religious experience. And its taut, comprehensive arguments are characteristic of the disciplined and logical mind of the author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801023903
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Wirt Farley is Younts Professor Emeritus of Bible, Religion, and Philosophy at Erskine College. He is the translator of John Calvin's Sermons on the Ten Commandments.
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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 7
Sadoleto's Letter to the Genevans 29
Calvin's Reply to Sadoleto 49
Appendix
I Calvin on Justification 95
II The Council of Trent on Justification 114
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