Christ's Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism

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Yale University Press, 2004 - History - 670 pages
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This sweeping book tells the story of Calvinism's origins, expansion, and impact across Europe from the upheavals of the early Reformation to the end of the seventeenth century. The faith's fundamental doctrines, diverse ecclesiastical institutions, and significant consequences for lived experience are all explored, revealing the ongoing interplay between a dynamic religious tradition and the worlds in which it took root.

"This is a rare and great achievement: a broad survey . . . that is at once a gripping narrative and a fresh interpretation of the subject, as masterful with the small details as with the big picture." --Carlos Eire, Yale University
 

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Contents

PART I THE FORMATION OF A TRADITION
1
PART II THE EXPANSION OF A TRADITION
121
PART III THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF A TRADITION
293
PART IV NEW CALVINIST MEN AND WOMEN?
429
Notes
547
Index
657
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Philip Benedict is William Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of History and Religion at Brown University.

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