Restoration through Redemption:John Calvin Revisited (Studies in Reformed Theology 23)

Restoration through Redemption:John Calvin Revisited (Studies in Reformed Theology 23)

By: Henk van den Belt (editor)Paperback

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Restoration through Redemption offers examples of three ways in which John Calvin's theology can be revisited: by analysis, assessment, and reception. This volume contains analyses of Calvin's position on the trinity and on politics, as well as assessments of his theology for evolutionary biology and comparative ecclesiology. It also discusses the reception of his heritage, for instance, in North America and South Africa. The central theme in this volume is Calvin's approach to the renewal of creation that hinges on Christ the Redeemer. One of the golden threads is Calvin's emphasis upon the meditatio on the future life, the turning of the believer towards the eschatological perspective. Contributors include: J. Todd Billings, Johan Buitendag, Jaeseung Cha, Ernst M. Conradie, Roger Haight, I. John Hesselink, Rinse Reeling Brouwer, Philippe Theron, Henk van den Belt, Gijsbert van den Brink, Cornelis van der Kooi, J.H. (Amie) van Wyk, J.M. (Koos) Vorster, Nico Vorster, Robert Vosloo, and Paul Wells.

About Author

Henk van den Belt, PhD (2006) Leiden University, is Professor of Reformed Theology at the University of Groningen. He has written several articles on Calvin and on neo-calvinism and is the author of The Authority of Scripture in Reformed Theology: Truth and Trust (Brill, 2008).


List of Abbreviations ... vii List of Contributors ... ix Introduction: Revisiting Calvin: Analysis, Assessment, and Reception ... 1 Henk van den Belt 1. Calvin and the Early Christian Doctrine of the Trinity ... 15 Gijsbert van den Brink 2. The Two Means of Knowing God: Not an Article of Confession for Calvin ... 31 Rinse Reeling Brouwer 3. Calvin's Modifijication of Augustine's Doctrine of Original Sin ... 45 Nico Vorster 4. The Key Characteristics of a Christian Life: A Comparison of the Ethics of Calvin and Augustine and their Relevance Today ... 63 J.H. (Amie) van Wyk 5. The Exegetical Background of Calvin's View of the Government ... 83 Henk van den Belt 6. Darwin's Ambiguous Gift to Reformed Theology: The Problem of Natural Sufffering and Calvin's Meditation on the Future Life ... 95 Ernst M. Conradie 7. Calvin's Concept of Penal Substitution: Acknowledgement and Challenge ... 113 Jaeseung Cha 8. John Calvin's Understanding of Christ's Descent into Hell ... 135 Johan Buitendag 9. Calvin's Contribution to a Common Ecclesial Spirituality ... 159 Roger Haight, S. J. 10. John Calvin and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper: A Contemporary Appraisal ... 171 J. Todd Billings 11. Life as Pilgrimage: The Eschatology of John Calvin ... 185 Cornelis van der Kooi 12. Accommodation and Incarnation: A Favourite Concept of Calvin in the Theology of Oepke Noordmans ... 199 Phillipe (Flip) Theron 13. Calvin and Human Dignity ... 215 J.M. Vorster 14. Calvin Studies in North America ... 231 I. John Hesselink 15. Calvin's Theological Heritage in South Africa: Engaging an Ambivalent, Contested and Promising Legacy ... 247 Robert Vosloo 16. Calvin and France: A Paradoxical Legacy ... 271 Paul Wells Index ................................................................................................................... 283

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  • ISBN13: 9789004244665
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9789004244665
  • weight: 1300
  • ISBN10: 9004244662

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