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Calvin and the Reformed Tradition: On the Work of Christ and the Order of Salvation

by Muller, Richard A.

Baker Academic 2012

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Overview

Richard Muller, a world-class Reformation scholar, examines the relationship of Calvin’s theology to the Reformed tradition, indicating Calvin’s place in that tradition as one of several significant second-generation formulators. Muller argues that the Reformed tradition is a diverse and variegated movement not suitably described either as founded solely on the thought of John Calvin or as a reaction to or deviation from Calvin, thereby setting aside the old “Calvin and the Calvinists” approach in favor of a more integral and representative perspective. Muller offers historical correction and nuance on topics of current interest in Reformed theology, such as limited atonement/universalism, union with Christ, and the order of salvation.

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Key Features

  • Explanations of modern day reformations and Calvinist traditions
  • Critical perspectives from several theologians
  • Muller’s presentation of the diverse strands of the development of Reformed thought

Praise for the Print Edition

Meticulous attention to texts and their contexts, expressed in Muller’s own lively, precise language and expressing his astute assessment of the theologians he studies, marks this collection of new and old from the leading living scholar of the practice of Reformed theology in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Muller takes readers into the intellectual world and the thinking of Calvin and a number of others, representatives of Calvin’s own time and of the following generation. Muller plumbs the depths of their teaching in their historical settings with judiciousness and acumen while clarifying the intricate relationships among Reformed thinkers. He places his own monumental work into the framework of current scholarly discussion and of the sources which have produced his insights in ways that will bring readers at every level of familiarity with Reformed theology much deeper into its riches.

Robert Kolb, missions professor emeritus, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Calvin and the Reformed Tradition is a masterful and penetrating look into critical dimensions of Calvin’s soteriology in relation to the Reformed tradition… Sometimes he gives us a satellite view of conflicting master narratives in retelling Reformation and post-Reformation theology. At other times he gives us a microscopic view of specific texts in Calvin’s works, carefully analyzed in their context. At every turn he calls scholars to careful definition of terms and the avoidance of imposing anachronisms on early modern writers. Students of historical theology with an interest in matters such as the divine intent of Christ’s death, the free offer of the Gospel, the will of God for salvation, union with Christ, and the relation of assurance of salvation to the fruit of the Spirit will find this book challenging, illuminating, and helpful.

Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Richard Muller has been the key player in the extensive revision of how the theology of Calvin and his contemporaries is understood to relate to that of the later Reformed tradition. In this collection, he provides the reader with an outstanding selection of essays on this topic. Wide-ranging in scope, penetrating in argument, and breathtaking in scholarship, these essays are representative of Richard Muller at his very best. A scholarly cornucopia.

—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Calvin and the Reformed Tradition
  • Author: Richard A. Muller
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 288

About Richard A. Muller

Richard A. Muller is the P. J. Zondervan Professor at Calvin Theological Seminary. He earned an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Dr. Muller has served as a pastor in two churches, and taught in two other institutions before his present post at CTS. His major teaching interests are the Reformation, early modern studies, and the history of Christian thought. He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, and books, including Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics and God, Creation, and Providence in the Thought of Jacob Arminius.

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