John Calvin's Ideas

John Calvin's Ideas

Helm, Paul

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Publisher's Description

This is a major study of the theological thought of John Calvin, which examines his central theological ideas through a philosophical lens, looking at issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Ethics. The study, the first of its kind, is concerned with how Calvin actually uses philosophical ideas in his work as a theologian and biblical commentator. The book also includes a careful examination of those ideas of Calvin to which the Reformed Epistemologists appeal, to find grounds and precedent for their development of 'Reformed Epistemology', notably the sensus divinitatis and the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
  1. God 'in Se' and 'quoad nos'
  2. The Trinity
  3. The Extra
  4. Providence and Evil
  5. The Soul
  6. Free Will
  7. Divine Accommodation
  8. Natural Theology and the Sensus Divinitatis
  9. Revelation
  10. The Angels
  11. The Power Dialectic
  12. Equity, Natural Law, and Common Grace
  13. Faith, Atonement, and Time

448 Pages
Published September 2006

About the Author

Paul Helm, J. I. Packer Professor of Philosophical Theology, Regent College, Vancouver

Book Details

448 Pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: September 2006
ISBN 13: 9780199205998

"An immensely helpful book ... Helm's book is unique. As far as I know there is nothing like it. For that reason alone, anyone interested in the thought of John Calvin must include it in his library ... No one who reads it will have read anything quite like it before.'
- Scott Oliphint, Westminster Theological Journal

"The book offers both a creative contribution to Calvin studies, and a wonderfully spirited engagement with contemporary philosophy of religion in the analytic tradition."
- Ben Myers, Faith and Theology

"Helm's book is unique. As far as I know there is nothing like it. For that reason alone, anyone interested in the thought of John Calvin must include it in his library."
- Reformation21 - The Online Magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals