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

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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.

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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

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R. Michael Allen

R. Michael Allen teaches systematic (or dogmatic) theology and theological ethics as a way to train students to delight in the study of God’s mighty deeds (Psalm 111:2). He hopes that integrated study of Bible and theology will help students prepare for faithful ministry in the local church by considering our worship and witness in light of God’s Word. He is especially interested in how Christian doctrine relates to other theological disciplines: biblical theology, historical theology, and moral theology. He grew up in both the South and in South Florida as the son of a Presbyterian pastor. He is presently a candidate for ordination as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his work in the seminary, he enjoys serving in local churches: teaching classes for children and adults, preaching, and working in the nursery. Prior to joining the faculty at Knox, he taught undergraduate and graduate students at Wheaton College for two years. He has also been active in the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Society of Biblical Literature.


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