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John Calvin and Roman Catholicism

Randall Zachman

John Calvin and Roman Catholicism

Randall Zachman

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This volume grew out of a conference jointly sponsored by the Calvin Studies Society and the University of Notre Dame, and both the content and the spirit of the book reflect that collaboration. The contributors have much to offer their readers with regard to both Calvin studies and contemporary ecumenical dialogue.

^^Three themes emerge in these studies. The first is that Calvin himself intended not to form a new tradition but to restore the Catholic Church to a truer form. The second theme concerns Calvin's engagement with contemporaries who remained within the Roman Catholic Church, some of whom were evangelical in their theology. Finally, this volume illustrates that some of the best contemporary research on Calvin is being done by Roman Catholics and that the Catholic and Protestant traditions have much to learn from each other.

^^Church historians and those generally interested in the Calvinist tradition in both academic and pastoral settings will find here an engaging and thoughtful collection. The authors provide a unique contextual framework for understanding Calvin within the broader setting of the Reformed and Roman Catholic communities.
-Publisher.

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About "John Calvin and Roman Catholicism"

This volume grew out of a conference jointly sponsored by the Calvin Studies Society and the University of Notre Dame, and both the content and the spirit of the book reflect that collaboration. The contributors have much to offer their readers with regard to both Calvin studies and contemporary ecumenical dialogue.

^^Three themes emerge in these studies. The first is that Calvin himself intended not to form a new tradition but to restore the Catholic Church to a truer form. The second theme concerns Calvin's engagement with contemporaries who remained within the Roman Catholic Church, some of whom were evangelical in their theology. Finally, this volume illustrates that some of the best contemporary research on Calvin is being done by Roman Catholics and that the Catholic and Protestant traditions have much to learn from each other.

^^Church historians and those generally interested in the Calvinist tradition in both academic and pastoral settings will find here an engaging and thoughtful collection. The authors provide a unique contextual framework for understanding Calvin within the broader setting of the Reformed and Roman Catholic communities.
-Publisher.


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"Serious reflection--especially theological--on the confessional distinctions and ecumenical commonalities of the Reformed and Roman traditions, traditions uneasily equipoised for many centuries, is long overdue. Zachman's collection of essays, under the theme of critique and engagement--then and now--importantly advances the conversation among those of 'faith seeking understanding.'"--Charles Partee, P. C. Rossin Professor of Church History, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary"Zachman's book offers an equal number of essays from Roman Catholic scholars and Reformed scholars, and it successfully balances the work of professors of historical theology and historians of the Reformation era. Most of the essays concentrate on Calvin and his writings and show that his thought on several key points comes close to recent writings by Catholic theologians, far closer than the old stereotypes. Other essays explore Catholic/Reformed interaction in the Reformation era, illuminating such topics as Catholics and Reformed in Geneva and the Dutch Netherlands and early Catholic biographies of Calvin. Historians, theologians, and pastors will profit from this book."--John Patrick Donnelly, SJ, professor of history, Marquette University"Originally presented at a Calvin Studies Society meeting at Notre Dame University, these essays illustrate how Roman Catholic and Protestant scholars have moved from polemic to dialogue, in this case regarding John Calvin's interaction with Roman Catholicism and vice versa. The result of this stimulating exchange is a new appreciation of Calvin's catholicity and a better understanding of the Catholic milieu in which the reformer lived and worked. Despite the sharp differences between Calvin and his Roman Catholic contemporaries, there is also a significant amount of congruence."--I. John Hesselink, Albertus Van Raalte Professor of Theology emeritus, Western Theological Seminary"Able historians and theologians here take up the question of John Calvin's relationship to Roman Catholicism. Polemics, dialogue, and engagement marked Calvin's history with the Roman Catholics as it also did the churches stemming from Calvin's influences. These pieces set the contexts, issues, and--in some cases--surprising results of these interactions. The studies benefit both Reformed and Roman Catholic traditions and open new avenues for further exploration between 'Geneva' and 'Rome.' The results are not only enhanced knowledge but also ecumenical enrichment, for which we can all be grateful."--Donald K. McKim, editor of The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin and Readings in Calvin's Theology"These wide-ranging essays address Calvin's views of Roman Catholicism, early modern Catholic lives of Calvin, concrete interactions of Catholics and Reformed Protestants in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and modern Catholic views of Calvin's sacramentality. They suggest some unanticipated links, underline clear incompatibilities, and will prompt historical and theological reflection about the relationship of Calvin to Roman Catholicism."--Brad S. Gregory, associate professor of history, University of Notre Dame"Calvin was born a Roman Catholic, and engagement with Roman Catholicism is fundamental to his theology. While he rejected the Roman Church, he continued to see himself as part of the Catholic Church. This collection of papers, by both Protestant and Roman Catholic scholars, is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Calvin and to today's dialogue between the two sides."--Tony Lane, professor of historical theology, London School of Theology
- Publisher

This informative collection offers a new approach to the study of John Calvin. The authors move beyond traditional approaches to consider the influential reformer within the broader context of the Roman Catholic Church and his complicated relationship to it.Several themes emerge in these studies, including the sense in which Calvin saw himself as a church reformer rather than the founder of a new tradition; Calvin's engagement with his Roman Catholic contemporaries; and the importance of contemporary Calvin studies produced by Roman Catholic scholars. This volume provides pastors and church historians with thoughtful perspectives on Calvin's reforming work and points to an emerging ecumenical spirit in which Protestants and Roman Catholics can acknowledge that they have much to learn from each other.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Randall Zachman

Randall C. Zachman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is associate professor of Reformation studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the author of The Assurance of Faith: Conscience in the Theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin, John Calvin as Teacher, Pastor, and Theologian, and most recently John Calvin and Roman Catholicism: Critique and Engagement, Then and Now.

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  • Catalogue Code 275197
  • Product Code 9780801035975
  • ISBN 080103597X
  • EAN 9780801035975
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Sep 2008
  • Sales Rank #55425
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 111 mm
  • Weight 0.505kg

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