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Calvin and the Sabbath: The Controversy of Applying the Fourth Commandment

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Calvin's views on the Sabbath are the subject of claim and counterclaim. This book brings together two controversial themes: Calvin's ideas on Church/state relationships, and on the sabbath. Richard Gaffin traces the development of the beliefs of Calvin through his comments and writings, and also helps us to understand the relationship between the ten commandments and the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 20th 2008 by Mentor (first published October 1st 1997)
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Nov 30, 2015 E rated it it was amazing
This is the doctoral dissertation of perhaps my favorite living theologian, on a topic that is vastly under-appreciated by today's church. He exhaustively studies Calvin's writings concerning the sabbath in his institutes, sermons, and commentaries. Calvin understands Christians, strictly speaking, to no longer be obligated to keep a weekly day of rest. However, this does not abrogate the fourth commandment, but rather intensifies and elevates it, as in one sense the sabbath is fulfilled as we r ...more
Won Ho Kim
Feb 21, 2016 Won Ho Kim rated it really liked it
Gaffin's treatment of Calvin was very thorough (maybe at times too thorough!), quite fair, and incredibly detailed. But the best part of the book for me wasn't that. It was, rather, Gaffin's own presentation of the significance of the Sabbath institution for believers today. What was wspecially helpful was understanding the Sabbath not just as a post-fall type given to Israel (which has now been abrogated by the coming of Christ), but also more fundamentally as a creation ordinance, and therefor ...more
Todd Wilhelm
Nov 01, 2012 Todd Wilhelm rated it it was amazing
"The point to be drawn from Calvin's view of the Decalogue pertinent to our study is this: any remarks he makes regarding the meaning and present obligation of the Sabbath can be understood and properly evaluated only within the scope of his firm conviction that the fourth commandment, as an element of the Decalogue, applies to all people in every age. There is not the slightest indication that he had the remotest sympathy for the view, though subsequently it has often appealed to him in support ...more
Chris Comis
Jul 02, 2010 Chris Comis rated it really liked it
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This was the first book I ever read on the Sabbath that made me want to delight in the Sabbath. Gaffin does a great job of laying out Calvin's views on the Sabbath. I think the only downfall to his treatment of Calvin is that he tends to overspiritualize both Calvin and the Sabbath. At the same time he does a good job of explaining the eternal nature of our Sabbath rest in Christ. I recommend it highly.
Wendy
Feb 19, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
Very helpful in looking at Calvin's perspective on the Sabbath from his "Institutes",Creedal statement, catechism, teaching commentaries,and sermons; and also other reformers and reformation creeds. For my limited knowledge though, the last chapter, "Summary and Evaluation" provided the most benefit.
Phil
Dec 21, 2013 Phil rated it liked it
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I still have to think about this. Gaffin didn't appeal to the Scriptures routinely, as Calvin obviously did; so it's possible for me to say that Calvin works harder to follow the Scriptures than does Gaffin. Gaffin has important systematic thoughts to consider, of course.
Scott
Jun 02, 2014 Scott rated it liked it
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This was a very in-depth study and evaluation of Calvin's understanding of the Sabbath after the coming of Christ. I was glad to be able to get an understanding of Calvin's view.
Eric Huber
Feb 17, 2015 Eric Huber rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! I found Gaffin's last chapter, where he makes his case for the continuation of the creationall Sabbath, very helpful.
Justin Woodall
May 16, 2013 Justin Woodall rated it it was ok
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Very mechanical in its style. Not very readable.
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