Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1995 - Religion - 238 pages
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Throughout the years, biographers have depicted John Calvin in manifold ways. Serene Jones takes a fresh look at Calvin as she draws a compelling portrait of Calvin as artist, engaged in the classical art of rhetoric. According to Jones, this art was used knowingly and skillfully by Calvin to persuade and challenge his diverse audiences. Thus Jones offers a rhetorical reading or the first three chapters of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. What emerges is a truly original interpretation of Calvin and his work.The Columbia Series in Reformed Theology represents a joint commitment by Columbia Theological Seminary and Westminster John Knox Press to provide theological resources from the Reformed tradition for the church today. This series examines theological and ethical issues that confront church and society in our own particular time and place.

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Contents

Calvin and the Rhetorical Tradition
11
Prefacing and Placing
46
An Apology for Divine Wisdom
87
Eloquence in Service of Piety
121
Divinitatis Sensus and Boundaries of Otherness
154
Calvin and the Rhetorics of Contemporary Theology
185
CALVIN Institutes Book 1 chaps 13
211
Bibliography
218
Index
232
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About the author (1995)

Serene Jones is President of Union Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to joining Union, she served as Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School for seventeen years. She is the author of several books, including "Calvin and Rhetoric: Christian Doctrine and the Art of Eloquence " and "Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World", both published by WJK.

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