Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009

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Irena Backus, Philip Benedict
Oxford University Press, USA, Sep 8, 2011 - Religion - 336 pages
This volume collects papers initially written as the plenary addresses for the largest international scholarly conference held in connection with the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, organized in Geneva by the Institute of Reformation History. The organizers chose as theme for the conference ''Calvin and His Influence 1509-2009,'' hoping to stimulate reflection about what Calvin's ideas and example have meant across the five centuries since his lifetime, as well as about how much validity the classic interpretations that have linked his legacy to fundamental features of modernity such as democracy, capitalism, or science still retain.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Fifth Latin Doctor of the Church?
33
2 The Ideal of Aristocratia Politiae Vicina in the Calvinist Political Tradition
46
3 Calvin the Workaholic
67
4 Calvins SelfAwareness as Author
84
Constructed or Gathered? Local or Foreign? French or Swiss?
102
6 Calvin the Swiss Reformed Churches and the European Reformation
119
7 Calvin 15092009
144
Referencing and Understanding Calvin in SeventeenthCentury Calvinism
182
10 The Dutch Enlightenment and the Distant Calvin
202
Calvin in French Protestantism 18301940
224
The Diversity of Modern Interpretations of Calvinism Especially in Germany and the EnglishSpeaking World
255
The Appropriation of a Heritage with Particular Reference to the Low Countries
267
14 Calvin and British Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
282
The Making and Unmaking of a Racial Ideology
306
Index
319

Struggle for Alliances Patterns of Eschatological Interpretation Symbolic Representation
159

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Irena Backus and Philip Benedict are Professors at the Institute for Reformation History at the University of Geneva.

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