John Calvin Writings on Pastoral Piety

ISBN-10: 0809140462

ISBN-13: 9780809140466

Edition: 2001

Authors: John Calvin, Elsie Anne McKee, Elsie Anne McKee

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Paulist Press
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, Picardy, France, John Calvin was only a boy when Martin Luther first raised his challenge concerning indulgences. Calvin was enrolled at the age of 14 at the University of Paris, where he received preliminary training in theology and became an elegant Latinist. However, following the dictates of his father, he left Paris at the age of 19 and went to study law, first at Orleans, then at Bourges, in both of which centers the ideas of Luther were already creating a stir. On his father's death, Calvin returned to Paris, began to study Greek, the language of the New Testament, and decided to devote his life to scholarship. In 1532 he published a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia, but the following year, after experiencing what was considered a sudden conversion, he was forced to flee Paris for his religious views. The next year was given to the study of Hebrew in Basel and to writing the first version of his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he gave to the printer in 1535. The rest of his life-except for a forced exile of three years-he spent in Geneva, where he became chief pastor, without ever being ordained. When he died, the city was solidly on his side, having almost become what one critic called a "theocracy." By then the fourth and much-revised edition of his Institutes had been published in Latin and French, commentaries had appeared on almost the whole Bible, treatises had been written on the Lord's Supper, on the Anabaptists, and on secret Protestants under persecution in France. Thousands of refugees had come to Geneva, and the city-energized by religious fervor-had found room and work for them. Though Calvin was sometimes bitter in his denunciation of those who disagreed with him, intolerant of other points of view, and absolutely sure he was right on the matter of predestination, he was nonetheless one of the great expounders of the faith. From his work the Reformed tradition had its genesis, and from his genius continues to refresh itself.

Acknowledgments and Permissions
General Introductionp. 1
An Autobiographical Introduction to John Calvinp. 39
"The Reply to Sadoleto," 1539p. 41
A Glimpse of Calvin in His Personal Lettersp. 50
A Selection from the Preface to the Commentary on Psalms, 1557p. 55
Theological Orientationp. 65
Pietyp. 67
Faithp. 74
The Churchp. 79
Liturgical and Sacramental Practicesp. 83
Psalms and the Psalterp. 85
Sunday Worship in Calvin's Genevap. 98
Weekday Worship in Calvin's Genevap. 135
Passion Weekp. 178
Prayerp. 195
Calvin's Exposition of the Lord's Prayerp. 197
Occasional Prayers from the Catechism and Liturgyp. 210
Prayers from Calvin's Sermonsp. 220
Prayers from Calvin's Lecturesp. 241
Piety in the Christian Life, Ethics, and Pastoral Carep. 247
Piety, Ethics, and the Christian Lifep. 249
Pastors and People in the Crises of Lifep. 291
Notesp. 333
Bibliographiesp. 339
An Annotated List of Suggested Readings on Calvin's Pietyp. 343
Subjectp. 349
Index to Biblical Citationsp. 352
Proper Namesp. 358
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