John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor
Godfrey, W. Robert
Arguably the best introduction to the life and ministry of John Calvin by one of the Reformed world's best interpreters of the Reformation for anyone wondering what the fuss is over the five-hundredth anniversary of Calvin's birth, this is the place to start."See All
D. G. Hart
author, Defending the Faith
"Combining excellent scholarship with an accessible style, Godfrey has once again placed the church in his debt as he resurrects the character from the caricature in which Calvin is so often buried."See All
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD
"As a veteran church historian, Godfrey places the Reformer in his context and does not hide his blemishes. I owe a great deal of my own formative understanding of Calvin to Robert Godfrey and hope for a wide readership of this important book."See All
Michael S. Horton
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
"A masterful treatment of John Calvin by a masterful church historian."See All
R. C. Sproul
Chairman and President , Ligonier Ministries
An introduction to the essential life and thought of one of history's most influential theologians, who considered himself first and foremost a pilgrim and a pastor.
July 10, 2009, marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. As controversial as he was influential, his critics have named a judgmental and joyless attitude after him, while his admirers celebrate him as the principal theologian of Reformed Christianity. Yet his impact is unmistakable—a primary developer of western civilization whose life and work have deeply affected five centuries worth of pastors, scholars, and individuals.
What will surprise the readers of this book, however, is that Calvin did not live primarily to influence future generations. Rather, he considered himself first and foremost a spiritual pilgrim and a minister of the Word in the church of his day. It was from that "essential" Calvin that all his influence flowed.
Here is an introduction to Calvin's life and thought and essence: a man who moved people not through the power of personality but through passion for the Word, a man who sought to serve the gospel in the most humble of roles.
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