Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice (Calvin)

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Westminster John Knox Press

These forty-six letters and writings of John Calvin, translated into English, demonstrate how Calvin applied the theology of the Institutes and the biblical exegesis of his commentaries to issues of everyday life. Here, Calvin gives advice to individuals and groups about theology, ethics, worship, politics, economics, and church practices.

Topics discussed include dogmatics and polemics, changes (and the need for changes) in religion, the worship of images, ecclesiastical discipline, marriage, and justice. Each writing is introduced by an identification of the receiver of the advice and an explanation of the subject matter itself. This volume is useful for understanding Calvin's theology and its application to Christian life.


Table of Contents:

Part I: Dogmatics and Polemics

Part II: On the Changes and Need for Changes in Religion

Part III: Concerning the Worship of Images

Part IV: On Ecclesiastical Discipline

Part V: Marriage Questions

Part VI: Judicial Questions

Part VII: Miscellanies 



John Calvin (1509-1564) was a theological giant of the Protestant Reformation. A contemporary of Martin Luther, he had as much influence over this period of history as his German counterpart. In 1536 he published his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which was a systematic presentation of the Protestant position. His writings are still cherished and relevant today.



"The Colloquium on Calvin Studies, which has met at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church and davidson College every two years...has demonstrated a wide interest in Calvin's theology among pastors as well as academicians...These short articles, written for particular situations, demonstrate how Calvin applied the theology of the Institutes and the biblical exegesis of the commentaries to the issues of everyday life among individuals as well as congregations." - John H. Leith