"The Unaccommodated Calvin: Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition" by Richard A. Muller

Friday, 22 Jun 2007

How exactly has Calvin been accommodated? The title of Richard Muller's most recent book, The Unaccommodated Calvin: Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition, begs this question. Muller argues that twentieth-century Calvin scholarship suffered from a Barthian reading. Neo-Orthodox scholars routinely laid Calvin on their Procrustean beds, stretching and chopping the reformer's corpus until it fit within their dogmatic agenda. In much of the modern period, Calvin studies chiefly served as launching pads for the dogmatic-theological enterprise, rarely did they present his thought in a sixteenth-century context. According to Muller, contemporary scholarship stands at ...

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