Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009

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EditorIrena BackusbyPhilip Benedict

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The year 2009 marked Calvin's 500th birthday. This volume collects papers initially written as the plenary addresses for the largest international scholarly conference held in connection with this anniversary, organized in Geneva by the Institute of Reformation History. The organizers chose astheme for the conference 'Calvin and His Influence 1509-2009,' hoping to stimulate reflection about what Calvin's ideas and example have meant across the five centuries since his lifetime, as well as about how much validity the classic interpretations that have linked his legacy to fundamentalfeatures of modernity such as democracy, capitalism, or science still retain. In brief, the story that emerges from the book is as follows: In the generations immediately after Calvin's death, he became an authority whose writings were widely cited by leading 'Calvinist' theologians, but he was infact just one of several Reformed theologians of his generation who were much appreciated by these theologians. In the eighteenth century, his writings began to be far less frequently cited. Even in Reformed circles what was now most frequently recalled was his action during the Servetus affair, so that he now started to be widely criticized in those quarters of the Reformed tradition that were now attached to the idea of toleration or the ideal of a free church. In the nineteenthcentury, his theology was recovered again in a variety of different contexts, while scholars established the monument to his life and work that was the Opera Calvini and undertook major studies of his life and times. Church movements now claimed the label 'Calvinist' for themselves with increasinginsistence and pride. (The term had largely been a derogatory label in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.) The movements that identified themselves as Calvinist or were identified as such by contemporaries nonetheless varied considerably in the manner in which they drew upon and understood Calvin's thought. Calvin and His Influence should become the starting point for further scholarly reflection aboutthe history of Calvinism, from its origin to the present.

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The year 2009 marked Calvin's 500th birthday. This volume collects papers initially written as the plenary addresses for the largest international scholarly conference held in connection with this anniversary, organized in Geneva by the Institute of Reformation History. The organizers chose astheme for the conference ''Calvin and His I...

Irena Backus and Philip Benedict are Professers at the Institute of Reformation History, University of Geneva.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.5 inPublished:September 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Irena Backus and Philip Benedict: Introduction1. Diarmaid MacCulloch: Calvin: Fifth Latin Doctor of the Church?2. Harro H: The Ideal of Aristocratia Politiae Vicina in the Calvinist Political Tradition3. Max Engammare: Calvin the Workaholic4. Olivier Millet: Calvin's Self-Awareness as Author5. William Naphy: Calvin's Church in Geneva: Constructed or Gathered? Local or Foreign? French or Swiss?6. Emidio Campi: Calvin, the Swiss Reformed Churches, and the European Reformation7. Herman Selderhuis: Calvin 1509-20098. Heinz Schilling: Calvinism as an Actor in the Early Modern State System around 1600: Struggle For Alliances; Patterns of Eschatological Interpretation; Symbolic Representation9. Richard Muller: Reception and Response: Referencing and Understanding Calvin in Seventeenth-Century Calvinism10. Ernestine van der Wall: The Dutch Enlightenment and the Distant Calvin11. Andr, Encrev: Lost, then Found: Calvin in French Protestantism, 1830-194012. Friedrich W. Graf: Calvin in the Plural: The Diversity of Modern Interpretations of Calvinism, especially in Germany and the English-Speaking World13. Cornelis van der Kooi: Calvin, Modern Calvinism and Civil Society: The Appropriation of a Heritage, with Particular Reference to the Low Countries14. David Bebbington: Calvin and British Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries15. John W. de Gruchy: Calvin(ism) and Apartheid in South Africa in the Twentieth Century: The Making and Unmaking of a Racial Ideology