Cambridge Companion to John Calvin
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
John Calvin (1509-64) stands with Martin Luther (1483-1546) as the premier theologian of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Calvin's thought spread throughout Europe to the New World and later throughout the whole world. His insights and influence continue to endure today, presenting a model of theological scholarship grounded in Scripture as well as providing nurture for Christian believers within churches across the globe. Dr Donald K. McKim gathers together an international array of major Calvin scholars to consider phases of Calvin's theological thought and influence. Historians and theologians meet to present a full picture of Calvin's contexts, the major themes in Calvin's writings, and the ways in which his thought spread and has increasing importance. Chapters serve as guides to their topics and provide further readings for additional study. This is an accessible introduction to this significant Protestant reformer and will appeal to the specialist and non-specialist alike.
'This [is a] well rounded collection of eighteen essays on Calvin and his legacy ... because they are written by experts in the field, they also reflect the latest understanding and give readers a wide range of fascinating insights into his place in history.' Contemporary Review 'This volume presents a serious engagement with a wide body of writings. It takes in Calvin's position as a Church reformer, giving us a chance to learn from him and his times, and leaving us with food for thought for our Church today.' Baptist Times 'It was indeed a feast to read this recent publication on the life and work of the world famous theologian John Calvin. ... The editor of this publication, Donald K. McKim, who is also a specialist in Calvin research, may be very proud of this publication and of his editorial work. ... The book is written in understandable English which makes it accessible also to the non-theologian to get an overview as well as an insight into the life, work and influence of one of the greatest scholars and theologians of all times. ... I can recommend this book wholeheartedly.' C. F. C. Coetzee, Neotestamentica 'The Cambridge Companion will be a useful tool for students interested in Calvin, the Reformation and Reformed theology.' Themelios '... a valuable addition to all undergraduate libraries and will prove helpful to those who are seeking a brief summary of Calvin's life and work as well as his influence on future generations.' Anvil 'It is of the same quality and high standard as the other volumes in the series that have already been published.' Neotestamentica '... this volume provides a valuable first look at the influential reformer. ... quite suitable for undergraduate students or nonspecialist readers desiring a comprehensive introduction to John Calvin and his thought.' Reviews in Religion and Theology '... a welcome addition to the growing number of titles in the Cambridge Companions to Religion series. ... readable enough for the undergraduate student and yet informative enough for the graduate or postgraduate ... a worthwhile addition to any student's or pastor's theological library. ... a useful collection of valuable research.' Calvin Theological Journal