John Calvin: A Sixteenth-century Portrait
Historians have credited--or blamed--Calvinism for many developments in the modern world, including capitalism, modern science, secularization, democracy, individualism, and unitarianism. These same historians, however, have largely ignored John Calvin the man. When people consider him at all, they tend to view him as little more than the joyless tyrant of Geneva who created an abstract theology as forbidding as himself.
This volume, written by the eminent historian William J. Bouwsma, who has devoted his career to exploring the larger patterns of early modern European history, seeks to redress these common misconceptions of Calvin by placing him back in the proper historical context of his time.
Eloquently depicting Calvin's life as a French exile, a humanist in the tradition of Erasmus, and a man unusually sensitive to the complexities and contradictions of later Renaissance culture, Bouwsma reveals a surprisingly human, plausible, ecumenical, and often sympathetic Calvin. John Calvin offers a brilliant reassessment not only of Calvin but also of the Reformation and its relationship to the movements of the Renaissance.
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Author's writings seem biased and Calvin-hatingUser Review - Christianbook.com
I got this book from the library and was thrilled to find a book on the life of John Calvin. Naturally, I assumed a Calvinist had written it and so I came to this book expecting great things. I was shocked by the outright hostility this author seemed to have towards John Calvin. This is not an unbiased work. I was shocked that any Calvinist would write such slanderous words, so I googled the author. He is a historian but no mention is made as to his being Christian at all. Well, that might explain his hostility towards John Calvin and his lack of understanding of God's things. To me, this book is like the critical writings on "the historical Jesus" and this book should be renamed "the search for the historical John Calvin" because it seems as slanted and biased as the books claiming to search for Jesus Christ. In the Introduction: - Bouwsma writes that no one has written a good book on John Calvin and the best book is "marginal at best" - In Calvin is "demonstrated our very human tendancy to invent the fathers we need" (Wow. That's a claim. Sure authors tend to focus on only the positive or perhaps exaggerate but to "invent" makes it seem like much the writings on Calvin may be "lies or fictional") - Bouwsma is attempting to show Calvin "with all of his characteristically 16th-century ambiguities, hesitations and contraditions - in a word, his finiteness and humanity" (Calvin was just a man and so limited in his humanness and certainly not infallible, but this author seems to take this seeking to demonstrate "the historical Calvin" like philosophers who seek to find "the historical Jesus". They are biased and hostile towards their subject, attempting to tear it down or apart.) - Bouwsma believed that "except for showing increasingly the abrasions wrought by troubles and time, Calvin made little advance over the years in those matters that troubled him the most. Unlike Saint Augstine, whose life, both outwardly and inwardly, was a genuine pilgrimage, so that to unde ...
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[Calvin] abominated “mixture,” one of the most pejorative terms in his vocabulary; mixture in any area of experience suggested to him disorder and unintelligibility. He had absorbed deeply not only ...
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See Bouwsma, John Calvin: A Sixteenth-Century Portrait, 32-48. Richard A. Muller questions this assessment in The Unaccommodated Calvin: Studies in the ...
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