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Summary The Unaccommodated Calvin Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition Oxford Studies in Historical Theology ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ught and that of his predecessors contemporaries and successors Muller pays particular attention to the interplay between theological. 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 critiuing 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 critiue his theology his commentaries need to be considered as well as the Institutes This is an excellent work and IMO should be considered before one begins to study Reformed theology This is the best work since Francois Wendel s work on Calvin Regency ScoundrelsThe Rakes Inherited CourtesanLady Rosabellas Ruse of his predecessors contemporaries and successors Muller pays particular attention to the interplay between theological. Dr Muller completely redefines how Calvin should be viewed He makes clear that Calvin 1 was not the L'encyclopédie des rebelles insoumis et autres révolutionnaires only founder Toga Party of the Reformed tradition 2 wrote to a 16th century audience not to 21st century post neo Orthodox critics and 3 that the Institutes A Magnificent Farce and Other Diversions of a Book Collector of the Christian Religion was not and should not be the sole source for critiuing the Reformed tradition Calvin was first and foremost and exegete His theology grows Pièces rosesHumulus le muet ; Le Bal des voleurs ; Le rendez vous de Senlis ; Léocadia out نقد الحداثة of his exegesis not vice versa Accordingly if Les sortilèges du bondage japonais one is to critiue his theology his commentaries need to be considered as well as the Institutes This is an excellent work and IMO should be considered before Padre Pio, prières et neuvaines one begins to study Reformed theology This is the best work since Francois Wendel s work Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide to Opening Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, Email, Text, & Cold Calling on Calvin

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Summary The Unaccommodated Calvin Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition Oxford Studies in Historical Theology ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF This book attempts to understand Calvin in his 16th century context with attention to continuities and discontinuities between his tho. One word summary ToughChapter One An Approach to Calvin On overcoming modern accomodationsSummary 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 centuryA 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 of rhetoric or a rhetoric of piety or a pastoral theology Contemporary interpretive antithesis could be offered ad infinitumCalvin after all did not think of himself as a dogmatician in the modern sense of the term rather like most of the other theologians of his time he understood himself as a preacher and exegete and he understood the primary work of his life as the exposition of Scripture The Institutes is eualed in size by Calvin s sermons on Job and dwarfed by the sermons on Deuteronomy as well as by the individual commentaries on Psalms Isaiah Jeremiah and the Pentateuch 5Calvin himself might well object to the notion of Calvin s doctrine of anything inasmuch as the doctrines that Calvin held and taught were in large part not his own 7Muller lays the smack down on guys especially Reist on page 8Muller argues for strict historical and contextual approach to Calvin Some object won t that make impossible any significant understanding of Calvin s impact or potential impact on the theology of the 20th century The historical task precedes the systematic and retains its integrity only through independence from the systematic Also contemporary theologians need to come to grips with the fact that Calvin may have no direct influence on the contemporary discussion In any case the genuine usefulness of Calvin s thought to the present can be assessed only when his thought is rightly understood 11Calvin s theology must be read in its development in dialogue with the past and with his contemporaries 13The study of Calvin in other words must take into consideration developments in the analysis of scholasticism and humanism in the study of the progress of rhetoric in the sixteenth century and in the broader field of the history of biblical interpretation This consideration as implied earlier must examine not only the influence but also the context and what has been called the theological or exegetical conversation in which Calvin was engaged 13The sixteenth century Calvin the Calvin who was born Catholic whose theology was learned primarily in and through his work as a commentator and Reformer whose work evidences the impact of humanist philology and rhetoric of patristic study but also both positively and negatively of the categories of medieval scholastic thought and whose conclusions together with those of a group of contemporary Reformed and Lutheran thinkers became the basis for much of later Protestant theology this Calvin cannot easily be accomodated to the needs and desires of modern Barthians or SchleiermacheriansA reading of Calvin s thought in its sixteenth century context in other words yields the picture of a theology at once intriguing and intractible to twentieth century concerns 14 5Chapter 2 Of Prefaces Arguments and Letters to the Reader Calvin s testimonies to his intention and methodSummary Calvin s prefaces are analyzed in order to make refinements on how we understand how Calvin understood his theological projectCalvin s letter to Francis I reflects this fundamentally apologetic intention but also makes clear the basic positive instructional purpose of the Institutes a purpose that would increasingly dominate Calvin s approach to and recasting of the work 26We have here in a nutshell Calvin s theological method the running exposition of the biblical text in commentary and sermon coupled with the elicitation of theological loci from the text and the gathering of those loci together with the important dogmatic disputationes of Calvin s time into the form of a basic instruction or institutio in theology 29One of Calvin s underlying interpretive principles was the direct speech of Scripture to the living church 36Chapter 3 Scholasticism in Calvin a uestion of relation and disjunctionSummary To say that Calvin reaction to scholasticism was exclusively negative does not make sense of all the evidenceScholasticism defined a dialectical method of the schools historically rooted in the late patristic period particularly in the thought of Augustine and developed throughout the Middle Ages in the light of classical logic and rhetoric constructed with a view to the authority of text and tradition and devoted primarily to the exposition of Scripture and the theological topics that derive from it using the best available tools of exegesis logic and philosophy 42scholasticus can have both positive and negative connotations Positively it can refer to academic standards or academic method Negatively to mere academic theology that has no reference to faith and life 43In short Calvin s overtly negative reaction to the scholastici conveys only a small part of his relationship to medieval scholastic theology its method themes and distinctions Alongside the rejection there is also appropriation sometimes explicit but often unacknowledged 57When Calvin criticizes the scholastics he probably has in mind the theologiens Sorboniues the academics at the SorbonneChapter 4 In the Light of Orthodoxy the method and disposition of Calvin s Insitutio from the perspective of Calvin s late sixteenth century editorsSummary Do the later apparatuses added to the Institutes in later editionsversions help us understand the continuity of Calvin s successors in the early orthodox period as well as Calvin himselfChapter 5 Beyond the Abyss and the Labyrinth an ordo recte docendiSummary Ordo recte decendi right order of expression of teaching In this chapter Muller takes William Bousma Portrait of Calvin 1988 to task big time Bousma gave a picture of a deeply troubled Calvin suspended in an age of anxiety Bousma principally used Calvin s occasional reference to abyss and labyrinth to base his argument Muller argues that this is not actually substantiated by the evidence If anything the words point towards Calvin s desire to establish the right order of expression of this theologyMuller argues contra Bousma that it is Calvin s entire purpose in these warnings concerning the labyrinth or the abyss of the divine decree to emphasize not the dread and anxiety brought about by taking the wrong path but to point past problematic uests for assurance to the right way to the right order of teaching 89 ie ordo recte decendiCalvin certainly did experience the problem of the labyrinth whether in the context of the spiritual or of the intellectual difficulties encountered by the academically trained and ecclesially committted Christian reformerIt is perhaps worth noting that the phrase age of anxiety can be applied to nearly any era in human history and that the typical response to various forms of confusion and disorder is to establish a method that brings order out of chaos And it may also be worth noting that Christian theology and spirtuality whether scholastic or humanist have traditionally found a significant paradigm for overcoming their own varied encounters with disorder and its religious analogue sin in the biblical revelation of the God whose first act is to bring cosmic order out of pre cosmic chaos and whose ultimate act is to bring soteriological order out of harmartiological chaos 91Some conclusions 1 Calvin uses abyss and labyrinth comparatively infreuently When juxtaposed with words like way clarity and truth and Calvin s interest in establishing an ordo recte decendi abyss and labyrinth dont appear to be major motifs 2 When Calvin does use abyss and labyrinth as indicators of problems they are likely used to indicate dangers that his theology prevents 3 moving beyond Institutes Calvin does not really use abyss and labyrinth 4 the several references to abyss and labyrinth never appear in pairs 95 97Bousma takes an aspect of Calvin s rhetoric out of the context of rhetoric and places it into context of exisential trauma 97Chapter 6 To elaborate on the Topics the context and method of Calvin s InstitutesSummary The present uestion in scholarship on Institutes is to what extent are the Institutes a theological systemThe 1539 edition marks a crucial solidification of purpose and a significant alteration of direction This edition was when the Institutes ceased to be a brief catechetical work and became in the context of the sixteenth century a system of theology 102As McKee has argued the biblical citations in the Institutes ought freuently to be understood as cross references to the commentaries When the biblical citations in the Institutes are not cross references to Calvin s own commentaries they probably should be viewed as references to the exegetical tradition and not as proof texts in the sense of texts wrested out of their context in violation of the principles of biblical interpretation 107The Institutes must not be read instead of the commentaries but with themif you want to ascertain the biblical basis of Calvin s topical discussions and disputations you must read the commentaries Arguably that s what Calvin intended in his introductory characterization of the Institutes 108You cannot evaluate the Institutes as a full system of theology in the modern sense You cannot assumed that Calvin s omission or inclusion of a given topic offers a perspective on what Calvin viewed as theologically legitimate 115 For example just because Calvin doesnt talk about natural theology the divine essence and attributes does not mean he didnt think them worthwhile topics to pursueA complex way of approach to Calvin s thought not so much via the Institutes or via the Institutes and the commentaries taken as a whole and compared topically AS via a historical and developmentally conditioned reading of the successive editions of the Institutes and of the changes made in them in the light of the commentaries and controversies that had intervened between the editions or that were in progress at the time that Calvin was also looking toward a new edition of the Institutes 115Calvin s exegetical conclusions are not universally or even usually original they rise out of a venerable catholic tradition Calvin studied exegetical works of contemporaries and the exegetical tradition of church fathers and medieval exegetesChapter 7 Establishing the ordo docendi the organization of Calvin s Institutes 1536 1559Summary Muller examines the changes in different versions of the Institutes What did Calvin mean in 1559 when he said he was never satisfied with the order of the work until the ordo now set forth Calvin s Institutes is a blend of the credal model the catechetical model and the Pauline ordoChapter 8Fontes argumentorum and capita doctrinae method and arguments in Calvin s construction of loci and disputationesSummary did not read this chapterChapter 9 Fides and Cognitio in relation to the problem of intellect and will in the theology of John CalvinSummary Muller takes to task RT Kendall s argument that Calvin s view is intellectualist Calvin is close to the medievals He is antispeculative and his soteriological interest in the doc of faith puts emphasis on the primacy of the will in the cognitive actCalvin thus moves toward a soteriological rather than a purely metaphysical or philosophical voluntarism the problem of salvation centers on the freedom of the will in its sinning and the inability of the freely sinful will to choose the good 166 7The evil will is abolished by grace in such a way that without suffering even a momentary abridgement of its uncoerced willing it may now will the good 167Calvin does not intend to argue a purely cerebral meaning of faith when he identifies faith as cognitio knowledge Even so Calvin speaks of a sense of the divine engraved not on the mind or brain but upon the heart As Stuermann suggested heart is freuently used by Calvin as a synonym for soul ie animus but particularly when juxtaposed with mind mens the term also refers to the seat of the emotions or the whole range of human affections 168Calvin saw anthropological statements of heart soul mind etc in OT and NT to be offering much the same perspective in slightly different terminology 169Calvin therefore balances the functions of intellect and will in his conception of faith rather than argue either a purely intellectualist or a purely voluntarist definition in other words if faith is knowledge cognitio then this cognitio is not to be restrictively understood as a function of intellect 170Faith is not a naked or frigid apprehension of Christ but a lively an effective sense of his power that persuades the heart and is sealed on the heart Commentary on 1 John 227faith is primarily and properly grounded in the intellect but it remains also a voluntary act of love and trust in God 170we can conclude that Calvin s theology falls in its basic attitude toward the problems of human knowing and willing in their relation to the temporal working out of salvation into a voluntarist rather than an intellectualist pattern 171Chapter 10 The Study of Calvin contexts and directionsSummaryNegatively Muller has been trying to set aside several dogmatic or antidogmatic grids that have been placed over Calvin s text and his thoughtPositively to set elements of Calvin s theology in context of the intellectual dialogues and debates within which he worked and a close study of his thoughtCalvin like Melanchthon stood within the humanistic culture but drew so heavily on the exegetical and theological tradition that scholastic patterns of thought and exposition inevitably were reflected in and modified by the humanistic models of philology and rhetoric that he emulated 17516th century attacks on scholastics may refer to perceived abuses in the theology of Roman Catholic contemporaries than earlier forms of scholastic theologyExpository verse by verse exposition of text roots not so much in medieval preaching as in medieval scholastic practice of biblical exposition 176Calvin was not the most learned student of older scholastic theology sometimes has misplaced criticism 176Attacks on scholasticism by Reformers often toward content not toward method 176The phrase system of theology or theological system was not available to Calvin and his contemporaries Anachronistic to read back into CalvinMuller calls Institutes a formal theology 180In sum the Institutes was not a theological system in the sense of Schleiermacher s The Christian Faith or Tillich s Systematic Theology but it was surely a theological system in the sense not only of the many loci communes theologici of the sixteenth century but also in the sense nearly the precise sense of Peter Lombard s Sententiae in IV libris 180Theological implications for Calvin against the Accomodators First not helpful to declare that Institutes are not a theological system Second don t place one literary form of Calvin over another eg Institutes as important than sermonsTo know the whole Calvin one must read the whole Calvin and then some 182Another implication it is not the case that Calvin moved doc of predestination out of the doc of God and into a soteriological location in order to make a particular theological point concerning the meaning of the doctrine 183Conclusions1 Scholasticism and Humanism not hermetically sealed containers in which you can place people in 16th c2 Don t read Reformation against Middle Ages but against background of specific ideas docs and individuals3 something about humanism4 Calvin s theology cannot simply be read out of the Institutes Cannot divorce Calvin s exegetical and expository efforts from his work of compiling the Institutes and vice versa5 Institutes is incomplete source for analysis of any particular doctrine that Calvin taught6 the 1539 edition of Institutes must become focus of investigation for Calvin s thought7 1537 1541 were the crucial years of development in Calvin s theological career8 Must set all of Calvin s work in exegetical and theological tradition9 Calvin s theology must not be understood as a finished product but theology in development10 Refrain from a tendency to absolutize docs unless they explicitly reuire you to do so11 cannot have direct access to Calvin s thought either through the standard modern translations or through modern critical editions12 attempts to identify tensions in Calvin s thought are usually anachronistic claims of inconsistencies or problems13 must give close attention to Calvin s method14 A clever theologian can accomodate Calvin to nearly any agenda a faithful theologian and a good historian will seek to listen to Calvin not use him 188

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    Free read The Unaccommodated Calvin Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition Oxford Studies in Historical Theology Richard A. Muller Ò 8 Free read review ô eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ò Richard A. Muller 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

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