The Bondage and Liberation of the Will Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post Reformation Thought

Author: John Calvin
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441207015
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"This first English translation of an important work of John Calvin is a welcome supplement to his teachings in his Institutes." -E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology This volume provides Calvin's fullest treatment of the relationship between the grace of God and the free will of humans. It offers insight into Calvin's interpretations of the church fathers, especially Augustine, on the topics of grace and free will and contains Calvin's answer to Pighius's objection that preaching is unnecessary if salvation is by grace alone. This important work, edited by renowned scholar A. N. S. Lane, contains material not found elsewhere in Calvin's writings and will be required reading for students of Calvin and the Protestant Reformation.

The Bondage and Liberation of the Will

Author: Jean Calvin
Publisher: Baker Academic
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This second volume in the Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought Series reproduces for the first time in English John Calvin's The Bondage and Liberation of the Will. While affirming a free human will, Calvin defends the reality of depravity in the will's choices.

Cursillo

Author: Brian V. Janssen
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1606087754
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Since its inception in Roman Catholic Spain in the 1940s, the Cursillo movement has been a steadily-growing phenomenon and has spread into many Protestant churches worldwide under various names. The weekend initiation is often a deeply-felt experience that boasts of many conversions and recommitments. Yet in this comprehensive analysis of Cursillo the author finds theological concerns, questions about the propriety of the methods, and complications such as disaffection from the local church, transfer of loyalty to the Cursillo community, and a significant drop-out rate, raising implications for similar, spiritual movements. Interviews with former Cursillo participants confirmed many of these conclusions but also raised a challenge to the church: many Cursillo participants do not perceive vital faith in their local church. The author suggests that the Cursillo attempts to imitate the work of the church in an extraordinary form and that this might initiate some of the unhelpful results. The church would be better served by seeking to revitalize its ordinary ministries of Word and sacrament, prayer, community, and Sabbath observance.

The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin

Author: Donald K. McKim
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521016728
Format: PDF
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Dr Donald K. McKim gathers together an international array of major Calvin scholars to consider phases of Calvin's theological thought and influence. Here, historians and theologians meet to present a full picture of Calvin's contexts, the major themes in Calvin's writings, and the ways in which his thought spread and has increasing importance today. The chapters serve as guides to their topics and provide further readings for additional study. This is an accessible introduction to the significant Protestant reformer and will appeal to the specialist and non-specialist alike.

Divine Causality and Human Free Choice

Author: Robert Joseph Matava
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004310312
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R.J. Matava explains physical premotion as defended by Báñez in the Controversy de Auxiliis. Finding the critiques of Báñez and Molina convincing, Matava argues for an alternative rooted in Aquinas’s teaching on creation.

Our Sovereign Refuge

Author: Shawn D. Wright
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub
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Our Sovereign Refuge is a study of the pastoral theology of Theodore Beza, the Protestant reformer who inherited the mantle of leadership in the Reformed church from John Calvin. Countering a common view of Beza as supremely a 'scholastic' theologian who deviated from Calvin's biblical focus, Wright uncovers a new portrait of Theodore Beza. Beza was not a cold and rigid academic theologian obsessed with probing the eternal decrees of God. Rather, by placing Beza in his pastoral context and by noting his concerns in his pastoral and biblical treatises, Wright shows that Beza was fundamentally a committed Christian who was troubled by the vicissitudes of life in the second half of the sixteenth century. Beza believed that the biblical truth of the supreme sovereignty of God alone could support Christians on their earthly pilgrimage to heaven. This pastoral and personal portrait of Beza forms the heart of Wright's argument. ""In this important study, Shawn Wright introduces us to Pastor Beza and shows us that his highly developed Reformed theology was shaped by serious pastoral engagement. Wright brings Beza down to earth and makes him live again as a pastoral theologian concerned with the life-and-death struggles of God's people."" --Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University ""Exploring the whole range of Beza's output, Dr. Wright now enables us to meet Beza as he really was, and it is an inspiring encounter. This is a landmark book."" --Professor James Packer, Regent College ""Wright cogently and masterfully unveils Beza as a great spiritual casuist who knows how to use God's sovereignty in comforting and assuring the fainthearted in spiritual warfare. This book is long overdue and fills an important lacuna in Reformed scholarship."" --Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary ""Dr. Wright shows how historical scholarship ought to be done. Our Sovereign Refuge is the work of a gifted, well-trained historian who reads the primary sources carefully, paying close attention to matters of context and genre, always in close dialogue with recent Bezan scholarship."" --John L. Farthing, Hendrix College Shawn D. Wright (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He earned his BA at Duke University and his MDiv at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Gretchen, has five sons, Benjamin, Jonathan, Aaron, Nathan, and Stephen, and is a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church.

Sweet Communion

Author: A. de Reuver
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An introduction to the quality, form, and roots of the spirituality practiced during the Further Reformation that is organized around the leading figures of the era.

An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism

Author: Lyle D. Bierma
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9780801031175
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This work examines key aspects of the development of the Heidelberg Catechism, including historical background, socio-political origins, purpose, authorship, sources, and theology. The book includes the first ever English translations of two major sources of the Heidelberg Catechism--Ursinus's Smaller and Larger Catechisms--and a bibliography of research on the document since 1900. Students of the Reformed tradition and the Protestant Reformation will value this resource.

Reformation and Scholasticism

Author: W. J. van Asselt
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ISBN: 9780801022425
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Thirteen noted scholars look closely at the relationship between the Reformation and Calvinist Scholasticism, emphasizing overlooked connections between these two major intellectual movements.