Calvin@500: Theology, History, and Practice

Calvin@500: Theology, History, and Practice


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Caivin@500 is an exercise in appreciative criticism and appropriation of the Reformer's work for church and society. The collection serves as an introduction to the life and thought of this sixteenth-century Reformer in his context. The book also traces Calvin's continuing legacy for political, economic, theological, spiritual, and inter-religious practices of our own time. The essays reflect the depth and breadth of Calvin scholarship from the sixteenth century to the present. They also reflect Calvin's own wide-ranging ministry: the authors are pastors, teachers, social justice workers, and theologians. Calvin@500 arose from two Canadian conferences on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610971317
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard R. Topping holds the St. Andrew's Hall Chair of Studies in the Reformed Tradition in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches at the Vancouver School of Theology and lectures at Regent College. He is the author of Revelation, Scripture, and Church (Ashgate, 2007).

John A. Vissers is the Principal of Presbyterian College in Montreal, Quebec, and Adjunct Professor of Christian Theology, McGill Faculty of Religious Studies. He is widely published in the area of Reformed thought and history; he is the author of The Neo-Orthodox Theology of W. W. Bryden (Pickwick, 2006).

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Introduction and Acknowledgements John A. Vissers xiii

1 "The First-Born in God's Family": Calvin and the Jews William Klempa 1

2 Scripture Funded: Reforming Reformed Imagination Richard R. Topping 23

3 The Holy Spirit in the Thoughts of John Calvin Gerard Booy 38

4 A Reformed Culture of Persuasion: John Calvin's "Two Kingdoms" and the Theological Origins of the Public Sphere Torrance Kirby 52

5 Calvin as Apologist Jason N. Zuidema 67

6 John Calvin and the "Still-born" Third Option in the French Reformation Axel Schoeber 86

7 Pilgrimage: Calvin and the Rehabilitation of a Reformation Renegade Lynne McNaughton 98

8 Calvin and the Preaching of the Lively Word Stephen Farris 113

9 John Calvin, Refugee R. Gerald Hobbs 128

10 A Comment on Calvin's The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543) Victor Shepherd 146

11 "Everyone's a Part of the Line of Production" Stephen Allen 162

Bibliography 173

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