John Calvin A Sixteenth-Century Portrait

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ISBN-13: 9780195059519

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Description: Historians have credited--or blamed--Calvinism for many developments in the modern world, including capitalism, modern science, secularization, democracy, individualism, and unitarianism. These same historians, however, have largely ignored John Calvin the man. When people consider him at all, they tend to view him as little more than the joyless tyrant of Geneva who created an abstract theology as forbidding as himself. This volume, written by the eminent historian William J. Bouwsma, who has devoted his career to exploring the larger patterns of early modern European history, seeks to redress these common misconceptions of Calvin by placing him back in the proper historical context of his time. Eloquently depicting Calvin's life as a French exile, a humanist in the tradition of Erasmus, and a man unusually sensitive to the complexities and contradictions of later Renaissance culture, Bouwsma reveals a surprisingly human, plausible, ecumenical, and often sympathetic Calvin. John Calvin offers a brilliant reassessment not only of Calvin but also of the Reformation and its relationship to the movements of the Renaissance.

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List price: $34.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

William J. Bouwsma was Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Acknowledgments
Introduction the Quest for the Historical Calvin
The Man and the Times
A Sixteenth-Century Life
Calvin's Anxiety
A World out of Joint
The Labyrinth
Cosmic Inheritances
Restoring Order
Rational Religion
The Opening
Humanism
The Abyss
Being
Knowing
Power
Drama
A Program for the Times
Society
Polity
Church
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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