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Calvin’s Calvinism: A Defence of the Secret Providence of God

Calvin’s Calvinism: A Defence of the Secret Providence of God

John Calvin

| Wertheim and Macintosh | 1857

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The 8-volume Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin collection helps modern readers understand Calvin’s role in shaping the Reformation and his lasting influence as the key thinker of Reformed theology. These 28 treatises—written by Calvin, his contemporaries, his supporters, and his detractors—expose and illuminate the emergence of Reformed theology as a legitimate movement during the sixteenth century. They contain important debates on idolatry and images in worship, the sacraments, predestination, God’s sovereignty, and dozens of other topics.

This volume contains Calvin’s treatise on the providence of God—a central component of Calvinism—first published in Geneva in 1558 and translated into English in 1857. In volume 2 of Calvin’s Calvinism, the translator intends to clarify confusion about this aspect of the doctrine of God by allowing Calvin to speak in his own words in this fresh translation.

Author Bio

John Calvin (1509–1564), one of the most important thinkers in church history, was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of Calvinism. His theological works, biblical commentaries, tracts, treatises, sermons, and letters helped establish the Reformation throughout Europe.

Calvinism has spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Calvin began his work in the church at the age of 12, intending to train for the priesthood. Calvin attended the Collège de la Marche in Paris at 14, before studying law at the University of Orléans and continuing his studies at the University of Bourges.

In 1532, Calvin’s first published work appeared: a commentary on Seneca’s De Clementia. The controversy of calling for reform in the Catholic Church disciplined Calvin in his writing project, and he began working on the first edition of The Institutes of the Christian Religion, which appeared in 1536. Calvin’s Commentaries and The Letters of John Calvin are also influential; both appear in the Calvin 500 Collection.