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Apr 13, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
Certain books become standard works in their field. This is one of them. Wallace not only understands Calvin's theology, he weaves beautifully his own, enlightening explanations with a wide selection of carefully chosen quotations from Calvin's entire corpus (especially his commentaries). Beginning with Calvin's understanding of how God 'in revealing himself, veils himself' and 'in veiling himself, reveals himself' he carefully builds Calvin's entire theology of sign and symbol. Once this is ach ...more
What a fantastic book on Calvin's doctrines of Word and Sacrament. There is so much here. He shows conclusively, via an avalanche of quotes from Calvin, that Christ is the center of the Old, as well as the New, Testament, that baptism is our ingrafting into Christ, the basis for our union with Christ, the mortification of the Old Man, the remission of sins, and so forth. Very glorious stuff, and interesting in the light of current Reformed controversies like the Federal Vision.