How did John Calvin get his start? Who influenced his thinking? What were the foundations of his theology? In this clear, concise, and highly acclaimed analysis of Calvin, Wendel reveals the people, places, and ideas that shaped Calvin's thinking and beliefs during the Reformation. Using Calvin's own writings, Wendel draws out the man behind the doctrine. 384 pages, softcover from Baker.
Francois Wendel's study of Calvin's life and thought has long been recognized as the single best introduction to the Reformer. The work, after first setting Calvin's life in its social and cultural context, traces the development of his theology through the successive editions of his seminal work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion.
François Wendel was professor of the history of Christianity and dean of the faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Strasbourg. Widely renowned as the preeminent Calvin scholar of his generation, he was also the editor of a multivolume edition of the works of Martin Bucer.
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