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All articles & reviews tagged with calvin

Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Theology Made Practical: New Studies on John Calvin and His Legacy

This book is a series of essays written by three different men on various aspects of Calvin’s life and theology. Its aim is to demonstrate the practical relevance of his theology. Some of the essays were more successful than others in this regard. There are four sections: Calvin’s biography, systematic theology, pastoral and political…

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Historical

Articles > Historical

The Reformed tradition on Israel is diverse

Is the Reformed tradition historically supersessionist? That is, have theologians following the Calvinist trajectory always taught that the church supersedes Israel without remainder, such that the non-Jesus-accepting people of Israel and that little territory on the Mediterranean are no longer theologically significant? One might think so. After all, John Calvin wrote that because the…

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Historical

January 2018
Articles > Historical

Pierre Viret (1511-1571) — another forgotten Reformer (2)

The failed attempts to murder Pierre Viret (ET, October 2017) backfired on the Catholics; they were regarded with suspicion and contempt. Geneva was won for the Reformation, yet Viret was not to remain there. He was now entreated to go to Lausanne. Geneva had preachers, but there were none in Lausanne. Viret could not…

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Article

September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

Some people will say that Calvinistic doctrine inhibits evangelism. They will say, 'If everything is predestined and if the saved are fixed according to a decree of God, without reference to man's will, what is the point of evangelism?' In reply, the point has to be made that not only is the end predestined,…

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Article

August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

'Whom he predestined', says Paul to the Romans, 'these he also called; whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified' (Romans 8:30). It is not possible, therefore, that any who are predestined (from eternity), and called and justified (in time), should be lost! It is not possible…

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Article

July 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

Following the earlier articles in this series, a question, of course, arises: 'Man is totally depraved. God has elected some to life and salvation. Christ has died for them. How is it that in time some (the elect) come to be saved, as distinct from others who do not?' Men and women are changed…

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Article

April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

Any system of doctrine involving the necessity of salvation must begin with the question 'What is our condition by nature that necessitates salvation?' In line with the biblical assessment of man, Calvinism affirms man's state by nature as one of 'total depravity'. But what does this mean? It does not mean, as modern usage…

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