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The Unaccommodated Calvin: Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition

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This book attempts to understand Calvin in his 16th-century context, with attention to continuities and discontinuities between his thought and that of his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors. Muller pays particular attention to the interplay between theological and philosophical themes common to Calvin and the medieval doctors, and to developments in rhetoric and ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 20th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 17th 2000)
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Joshua
Jan 01, 2011 Joshua rated it it was amazing
A collection of chapter studies on major themes in Calvin scholarship. Muller's argument is that Calvin has been misunderstood because he's been read in light of neo-orthodox contexts of theological issues, or in light of false disjunctions between humanism and scholasticism. The book destroys Bouwsma's psychoanalytic portrait of Calvin, shows how Calvin's Institutes follows a systematic order, but one in the sixteenth century vein, rather than in the later vein of post-reformation dogmatics. Th ...more
Eric Chappell
Jan 25, 2012 Eric Chappell rated it liked it
One-word summary: Tough

Chapter One: An Approach to Calvin--On overcoming modern accomodations

Summary: this chapter is basically about how 'developments' in 20th century thought on Calvin has not taken seriously his context. Most come with an agenda they impose on the text, little take the time to understand the Calvin of the 16th century.

A number of works on Calvin and his Institutes have been written, yet little consensus exists. Is it a theological system or a theology of piety or a theology o
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Ray
Jul 22, 2014 Ray rated it it was amazing
Dr. Muller completely redefines how Calvin should be viewed. He makes clear that Calvin 1) was not the only founder of the Reformed tradition 2) wrote to a 16th century audience, not to 21st century, post neo-Orthodox critics, and 3) that the Institutes of the Christian Religion was not and should not be the sole source for critiquing the Reformed tradition. Calvin was, first and foremost and exegete. His theology grows out of his exegesis, not vice versa. Accordingly, if one is to critique his ...more
Oana Sorescu
Apr 04, 2013 Oana Sorescu rated it really liked it
Very clear, contextualized outline of some major themes in the Institutes. Also offers a very useful critique of previous theologically-inclined historiography, mainly Bouwsma's work. Four star rating because the explanations could have been simplified a bit by avoiding very very lengthy phrases.
Paul Jeon
Sep 30, 2013 Paul Jeon rated it it was amazing
Sets the standard for how to do historical theology. An indispensable work for anyone seeking to do a thoughtful exploration of Calvin's thought, especially as it is captures in The Institutes.
Bobby
Sep 16, 2010 Bobby rated it really liked it
Good. Helpful in thinking through the structure of Calvin's various instantiations of his "Institutes."
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 15, 2011 Steven Wedgeworth rated it really liked it
Important though incomplete.
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Richard A. Muller (PhD, Duke University) is P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of numerous books, including The Unaccommodated Calvin and Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. He also edits the Texts and Studies in Reformation
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