The Theology Of John Calvin

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This historically significant volume collects Karl Barth's lectures on John Calvin, delivered at the University of Göttingen in 1922. The book opens with an illuminating sketch of medieval theology, an appreciation of Luther's breakthrough, and a comparative study of the roles of Zwingli and Calvin. The main body of the work consists of an increasingly sympathetic, and at times amusing, account of Calvin's life up to his recall to Geneva. In the process, Barth examines and evaluates the early theological writings of Calvin, especially the first edition of the Institutes.
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Editorial Reviews

Sixteenth Century Journal
"The book is significant not only as an early-twentieth-century interpretation of Calvin..., but also as a reflection of Barth's theological development shortly after the second edition of his Epistle to the Romans, as he begins to come to grips with the foundations of the Reformed theological tradition and his place within it. The book itself will come as a real surprise to Calvin scholars who are unfamiliar with Barth's approach to historical studies."
Religious Studies Review
Of great interest to Calvin scholars as well as to students of Barth's theology.
"Refreshing and informative.... This is a great book by a great theologian about a still greater theologian.... Although Calvin research has far surpassed Barth's "youthful" explorations, this is a rewarding study that any student of the Reformed tradition will find magnetic, instructive, and useful."
Expository Times
"What makes this book such a good read is the fact that not only is the reader introduced to the best mind on Calvin, but in so doing is exposed to theological method at its most brilliant.... The relevance of this book cannot be overstated."
Church Times (U.K.)
A fascinating insight into Barth's developing assessment of the Reformation.
Journal of Theological Studies
This book, The Theology of John Calvin, is highly significant. It is, as is customary, elegantly and scrupulously translated by Geoffrey Bromiley.... Everyone who takes Barth seriously should read this book at least once!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806963
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 452
  • Sales rank: 957,058
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

(1886—1968) Karl Barth was professor of dogmatic theology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is considered by some to be the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century and possibly the greatest since the Reformation. Among his most famous works are Church Dogmatics and The Epistle to the Romans.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Presuppositions 11
1 Reformation and Middle Ages 13
2 Calvin, Luther, and Zwingli 69
Pt. II Life of Calvin 129
3 Early Years, 1509-1536 133
4 First Genevan Stay 243
5 Strassburg Stay, 1538-1541 385
Indexes 410
Subjects 410
Names 418
Scripture References 423
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