John Calvin, Myth and Reality: Images and Impact of Geneva's Reformer

John Calvin, Myth and Reality: Images and Impact of Geneva's Reformer

by Amy Nelson Burnett (Editor)

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Overview

Description:
The chapters in this volume were originally presented as papers at the 2009 colloquium of the Calvin Studies Society, held to mark the five-hundredth anniversary of John Calvin's birth. They offer a fresh evaluation of Calvin's ideas and achievements, and describe how others--from his contemporaries to the present--have responded to or built upon the Calvinist heritage. This book dispels popular misperceptions about Calvin and Calvinism, allowing readers to make a more accurate assessment of Calvin's importance as a theologian and historical figure. Contributions address areas in which Calvin's legacy has been most controversial or misunderstood, such as his attitude toward women, his advocacy of church discipline, and his understanding of predestination. These essays also give a nuanced picture of the impact of Calvinism by taking account of both the positive and negative reactions to it from the early modern period to the present.

Part 1: Calvin: The Man and His Work
Part 2: Appeal of and Responses to Calvinism
Part 3: The Impact of Calvin's Ideas



Endorsements:
""The essays in this volume do an admirable job of carefully distinguishing Calvin and his influence from the myths that have grown up around him, beginning with the myth that Calvin is the most important figure of the tradition that has taken his name, and that Calvinists always followed his advice. The temporal and geographical reach of the analyses is impressive, extending from Geneva through France and the Netherlands to Java and Korea, and from Calvin himself to twentieth century political thought and philosophy."" 
--Randall C. Zachman
Professor of Reformation Studies
University of Notre Dame

""Among the late-blooming fruits of the Calvin Jubilee in 2009 is Amy Nelson Burnett's John Calvin, Myth and Reality.   The articles gathered here inform, engage, correct, and sometimes even delight the reader.  The team of scholars demonstrates the wide audience that Calvin still attracts, while the depth of the scholarship promises an ongoing benefit to both the novice and the advanced scholar.""
--R. Ward Holder
Associate Professor of Theology
Saint Anselm College

About the Contributor(s):
Amy Nelson Burnett is Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and Their Message in Basel, 1529-1629 (2006), and The Yoke of Christ: Martin Bucer and Christian Discipline (1994).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608996933
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/11/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amy Nelson Burnett is Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and Their Message in Basel, 1529-1629 (2006), and The Yoke of Christ: Martin Bucer and Christian Discipline (1994).

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

List of Contributors xi

Introduction Amy Nelson Burnett xiii

Part 1 Calvin: The Man and His Work

1 Demoting Calvin: The Issue of Calvin and the Reformed Tradition Richard A. Muller 3

2 Calvin Never Changed His Mind-or Did He? Evidence from the Young Reformer's Teaching on Prayer Elsie Anne McKee 18

3 The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent: Myths, Realities, and Ambiguities in Calvin's Teaching about Women John L. Thompson 37

4 Calvin and Church Discipline: Penance, Apology, and Reconciliation Diane C. Margolf 53

Part 2 Appeal of and Responses to Calvinism

5 The Elders' Gaze: Women and Consistorial Discipline in Late Sixteenth-Century France Graeme Murdock 69

6 Elements of Calvin's Theology and Practice in the Reformed Churches of Java in the Seventeenth Century Yudha Thianto 91

7 A Devil's Siren or an Angel's Throat? The Pipe Organ Controversy among the Calvinists Randall D. Engle 107

8 "Cruel, Cold and False": Calvin and the Calvinists through the Eyes of Their Dutch Opponents (1566-1619) Mirjam G. K. van Veen 126

9 Calvinism at the Borders of the Empire: Johannes Wigand and the Lutheran Reaction to Calvinism Irene Dingel 139

Part 3 The Impact of Calvin's Ideas

10 Respect for the Word: What Calvin and Wittgenstein Had against Images Constantin Fasolt 165

11 God's Gracious Provision: Calvin and His Heirs on Political Order David T. Koyzis 191

12 The Doctrine of Scripture in the Calvinist Churches in Korea Jay J. Shim 207

Bibliography 225

Index of Persons, Places, and Subjects 249

Index of Scripture 255

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