John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor

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Crossway Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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An introduction to the essential life and thought of one of history's most influential theologians, who considered himself first and foremost a pilgrim and a pastor.

July 10, 2009, marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. As controversial as he was influential, his critics have named a judgmental and joyless attitude after him, while his admirers celebrate him as the principal theologian of Reformed Christianity. Yet his impact is unmistakable—a primary developer of western civilization whose life and work have deeply affected five centuries' worth of pastors, scholars, and individuals.

What will surprise the readers of this book, however, is that Calvin did not live primarily to influence future generations. Rather, he considered himself first and foremost a spiritual pilgrim and a minister of the Word in the church of his day. It was from that “essential” Calvin that all his influence flowed.

Here is an introduction to Calvin's life and thought and essence: a man who moved people not through the power of personality but through passion for the Word, a man who sought to serve the gospel in the most humble of roles.

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User Review  - Erik Lee - Goodreads

In his characteristic clarity, Dr. Godfrey has served the evangelical community by having written a wonderful introduction to the life and mind of John Calvin. It is easy to accept as fact much ... Read full review

Review: John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor

User Review  - Phil Griffin - Goodreads

This is a comprehensive and readable account of Calvin's life, theology and ministry. Enjoyable to read and a very useful reference book. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

W. ROBERT GODFREY is president of Westminster Seminary California and a longtime professor of church history whose many speaking engagements have included conferences sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Ligonier Ministries, and the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Godfrey is a minister in the United Reformed Churches and the author of four other books and numerous articles.

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