Sovereign Grace: The Place and Significance of Christian Freedom in John Calvins Political Thought

Hardcover | July 27, 1999

byWilliam R. Stevenson

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The Reformation thinker John Calvin had significant and unusual things to say about life in public encounter, things which both anticipate modern thinking and, says William Stevenson, can serve as important antidotes to some of modern thinking's broader pretensions. This study attempts to givea coherent picture of Calvin's political theory by following the stream that flows from his fascinating short essay, "On Christian Freedom," one chapter in the magisterial Institutes of the Christian Religion. Stevenson argues that a full examination of this essay yields not only a more thoroughexplication--and historical placement--of Calvin's political ideas proper but also a more complete and coherent picture of their theological underpinnings.

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The Reformation thinker John Calvin had significant and unusual things to say about life in public encounter, things which both anticipate modern thinking and, says William Stevenson, can serve as important antidotes to some of modern thinking's broader pretensions. This study attempts to givea coherent picture of Calvin's political th...

William R. Stevenson is at Calvin College.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 27, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125061

ISBN - 13:9780195125061

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"This is more than just a good study. It is wise, penetrating, and opened up for the reviewer the political aspect of Calvin's work that I have been (perhaps!) overly critical of....we learn a great deal we hadn't seen before about Calvin and human freedom, enough to cause subsequent scholarsto nuance their assumptions about Calvinism and the political arena."--IRT Bulletin