Beyond Calvin Hardback

Union with Christ and Justification in Early Modern Reformed Theology (1517-1700)

by J V Fesko; John V Fesko;

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Beyond Calvin

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The investigation of union with Christ and justification has been dominated by the figure of John Calvin. Calvin's influence, however, has been exaggerated in our own day. Theologians within the Early Modern Reformed tradition contributed to the development of these doctrines and did not view Calvin as the normative theologian of the tradition. John V. Fesko, therefore, goes beyond Calvin and explores union with Christ and justification in the Reformation, Early Orthodox, and High Orthodox periods of the Reformed tradition and covers lesser known but equally important figures such as Juan de Valdes, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Girolamo Zanchi, William Perkins, John Owen, Francis Turretin, and Herman Witsius. The study also covers theologians that either lie outside or transgress the Reformed tradition, such as Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Faustus Socinus, Jacob Arminius, and Richard Baxter. By treating this diverse body of figures the study reveals areas of agreement and diversity on these two doctrines. The author demonstrates that among the diverse formulations, all surveyed Reformed theologians accord justification priority over sanctification within the broader rubric of union with Christ. Fesko shows that Reformed theologians affirm both union with Christ and the golden chain of salvation, ideas that moderns find incompatible. In sum, rather than reading an individual theologian isolated from his context, this study provides a contextual reading of union with Christ and justification in the Early Modern Reformed context.

Beyond Calvin by J V Fesko; John V Fesko was published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG in June 2012. The ISBN for Beyond Calvin is 9783525570227.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG (June 2012)
Number of Pages416
Thickness36 mm
Height236 mm
Width163 mm
Product Code4304957
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