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Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ

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Is the God of Calvin a fountain of blessing, or a forceful tyrant? Is Calvin's view of God coercive, leaving no place for the human qua human in redemption? These are perennial questions about Calvin's theology which have been given new life by Gift theologians such as John Milbank, Graham Ward, and Stephen Webb.

J. Todd Billings addresses these questions by exploring Calvi
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Hardcover, 218 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by OUP Oxford (first published November 15th 2007)
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Радостин Марчев
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Много добра - задълбочена, ясна и разбираемо написана въпреки сложната тема. Предметът със сигурност няма да е интересен (и понятен) за повечето хора, но за останалите е задължителна .
Това е третата книга на Билингс, която чета и нито една не ме е оставила разочарован.
Darryl Burling
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: union, phd
A good analysis of Calvin

A good analysis of much of Calvin's thoughts regarding participation. This is not a 100 level book though. My rating is less a reflection of Calvin's thought and more of the quality of Billing's work.
Mike Dagle
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Billings (who I interviewed on his book The Word of God for the People of God) does an admiral job of interacting with a wide variety of Calvin's works to argue against voices (such as Milbank, Ward, Oliver, & Pickstock) who seem to view Calvin as inherently un-catholic and deficient with respect to his theologies of gift and participation.

It isn't clear to me that Billings succeeds in highlighting a sort of humanism within Calvin's thought (though that isn't really what he's trying to do) and
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Stephen
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In his award winning first book, J. Todd Billings explores the relationship between God's gift of salvation and the activity of believers. In conversation with the 'Gift theologians' who have consistently maligned Calvin as someone unable to account for any meaningful action on the part of the believer, Billings shows that Calvin's doctrine of participation avoids false dichotomies and expresses God's empowerment of believers for a life of gratitude and service. This book moves at a high level, ...more
Andy
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really nice book that offers an account of Calvin's theology of participation. Against those who read Calvin's view of God as a tyrant and humans as robots, Billings explores Calvin's richly textured themes of adoption, participation, and engrafting and shows that Calvin's is not a God who despotically controls life but as gracious Father that restores it.
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J. Todd Billings (ThD, Harvard University Divinity School) is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several books, including the Christianity Today Book Award Winner Union with Christ and Calvin, Participation, and the Gift, winner of a 2009 John T ...more

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