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Mobile Ed: CH321 History and Theology of John Calvin (4 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: CH321 History and Theology of John Calvin (4 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2017–2019

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In History and Theology of John Calvin (CH321) Dr. Michael Allen examines the life of one of the most influential sixteenth-century Reformers. Dr. Allen looks at the cultural context of Calvin’s life, exploring the forces that shaped him and the people he learned from. He then delves into the beliefs of Calvin, looking specifically at his extensive work Institutes of the Christian Religion. You’ll come away from the course with a fuller understanding of John Calvin, what he believed, and how his theology has influenced Christian thought ever since.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course

Unit 1: The Man in His Times

  • Biography
  • Pastoral and Teaching Roles
  • Literary Corpus
  • The Servetus Account
  • Calvin and the Calvinists
  • On Twentieth-Century Readings, Especially Karl Barth
  • Richard Muller’s Rules for Reading Calvin Contextually
  • On Loci and on Scripture: Pairing the Institutes with the Commentaries

Unit 2: The Institutes of the Christian Religion

  • Preface to the Reader: Between Rome and the Radicals
  • The Knowledge of God and of Ourselves
  • Double Knowledge of God: Creator and Redeemer
  • Scripture
  • Idolatry and Anti-Speculative Theology
  • The Trinity
  • The Old and New Testaments
  • Christology: The Humanity of Christ
  • Christology: Extra Calvinisticum
  • Union with Christ and the Application of Redemption
  • The Double Grace
  • Repentance in the Gospel
  • Mortification and Vivification
  • Self-Denial
  • Heavenly-Mindedness
  • The Use of Present Things
  • Reform of the Ascetical Tradition
  • Justification by Faith Alone
  • Christian Freedom
  • Prayer
  • Three Introductory Matters of Election
  • Scripture and Election: Against Speculation and against Silence
  • In the Society of God
  • Visible and Invisible Church
  • True and False Church
  • Sacraments as Means of Grace


  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: CH321 History and Theology of John Calvin
  • Instructor: R. Michael Allen
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4

About the Instructor

R. Michael Allen is associate professor of systematic and historical theology and the dean of students at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is eager to guide students to grow in their ability to retrieve theological riches from the past for the sake of renewing contemporary reflection, worship, and witness. In this vein, he is committed to Reformed catholicity as a confession and a posture for doing theology and approaching ministry today.

Prior to joining the faculty of RTS in 2015, Dr. Allen taught undergraduate and graduate students at Wheaton College and then taught at Knox Theological Seminary for five years, where he held the D. James Kennedy Chair of Systematic Theology and also served as dean of the faculty. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T&T Clark International Theological Commentary and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic. He also serves as book review editor for the renowned International Journal of Systematic Theology and is a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.