Sovereign Grace Christian Freedom in John Calvin's Political Thought  -     By: Dr. William R. Stevenson Jr.
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Sovereign Grace Christian Freedom in John Calvin's Political Thought

Oxford University Press / 1999 / Hardcover

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John Calvin had significant and unusual things to say about life in public encounter, things which both anticipate modern thinking and, says William Stevenson, can serve as important antidotes to some of modern thinking's broader pretensions. Although much has been written about Calvin's political theory, a coherent picture has yet to emerge. He has been seen variously as a proto-liberal democrat, a reckless revolutionary, a "constructive" revolutionary, an unforgiving authoritarian, and an intransigent traditionalist. Can these pictures be reconciled?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0195125061
ISBN-13: 9780195125061

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The Reformation thinker John Calvin had significant and unusual things to say about life in public encounter, things which both anticipate modern thinking and, says William Stevenson, can serve as important antidotes to some of modern thinking's broader pretensions. This study attempts to give a coherent picture of Calvin's political theory by following the stream that flows from his fascinating short essay, "On Christian Freedom," one chapter in the magisterial Institutes of the Christian Religion. Stevenson argues that a full examination of this essay yields not only a more thorough explication--and historical placement--of Calvin's political ideas proper but also a more complete and coherent picture of their theological underpinnings.

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