John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformer

By: John W. de Gruchy

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Previous owner's name inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. .................... ...................... ........................ TOC: 240 pages ; 23 cm Contents: A personal preface -- Tradition, Calvin and Christian humanism -- Part one: Calvin amongst the reformers. Erasmus and Luther : the dove and the wild boar -- Zwingli : humanist, reformer, prophet and patriot -- The young Calvin : a reformer in the making -- Calvin the Genevan reformer -- Calvin as doctor of the church -- Part two: Key themes in Calvin's legacy. Word and spirit -- Gospel and law -- Election and grace -- Liturgy and eucharist -- Beauty, images and contemplation -- Social humanism and public life -- A South African epilogue : the future of reformed tradition. . ........................... ........................ .......................... 2009 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Calvin, the Reformed theologian whose legacy has played such an important role in the shaping of modern South Africa. The popular understanding of him as grim moralist, proponent of predestination and a tyrannical God is a caricature, but one that does spring from aspects of Calvin's legacy. In this book, De Gruchy attempts to restate the Reformed tradition as a transforming force, one that opposed slavery and apartheid and that participated in the struggle for liberation and transformation in this country. De Gruchy considers Christian humanism to be an alternative to both Christian fundamentalism and secularism, as 'being a Christian is all about being truly human in common with the rest of humanity', and has come to the conclusion that there is much to retrieve and celebrate in the Reformed tradition that is of importance for the ecumenical church and global society in the 21st century. The 'evangelical' element in the title refers to the literal meaning of the word - 'good news' - which is at the heart of being both Christian and human.

Title: John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformer

Author Name: John W. de Gruchy

Categories: Protestantism,

Publisher: Cascade Books: July 2013

ISBN Number: 1620327732

ISBN Number 13: 9781620327739

Size: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

Seller ID: 12065