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£125.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199532186
Number of Pages: 366
Published: 26/11/2009
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 24.1 cm
Calvin at the Centre explores the consequences of various ideas in the thought of John Calvin, and the influence of his ideas on later theologians. The book sets to one side the assumption that Calvin's views are purely biblical and unaffected by the particular intellectual circumstances in which he lived. The emphasis is on philosophical ideas within Calvin's theology, and the chapters are organised to reflect this, dealing in turn with epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues. Paul Helm highlights some of the complexities in the relation between Calvin and Calvinism. Like the author's study John Calvin's Ideas (2004), the volume focuses on the coincidence of ideas between Calvin and other thinkers rather than offering an historical account of how such influences were transmitted. Among the topics are: the knowledge of God and of ourselves, Scripture and reason, the visibility of God, providence and predestination, compatibilism, and the intermediate state. The chapters range over thinkers as different as Pierre Bayle and Karl Barth. This illuminating study is relevant to anyone with an interest in Reformation thought, systematic theology, or the philosophy of religion. Helm's approach provides a fresh perspective on Calvin's theological context and legacy.

Paul Helm (Teaching Fellow, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada)

It is not an introductory volume, either on Calvin or the issues being treated. But it does contain tremendous riches for those willing to be stretched. David Gibson, Theology May/June 2011. a lucid and genial writer... The intellectual tapestry into which he weaves Calvin is a wide and eclectic one... stirring in the way that theological rigour at its best can be. Alec Ryrie, Church Times Helm's analysis of Calvin and the many other theologians who frequent this volume is always engrossing and thought-provoking, and his breadth as well as depth extends the readership of this book well beyond all those interested in Calvin and his milieu. This is a book that will be widely read. Nigel Voak, Journal of Theological Studies Rigorous, but immensely rewarding. Donald Macleod, Expository Times

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