John Calvin as Sixteenth Century Prophet


Zwinglius Redivivus

I’ve just completed reviewing this gem for Zwingliana (watch for it in the next issue) and I’ll simply remark here- you need to read the volume.

9780198703259John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet examines Calvin’s sense of vocation. Jon Balserak argues that Calvin believed himself to be a prophet “placed over nations and kingdoms to tear down and destroy, to build and to plant” (Jer 1: 10). With this authority, Calvin pursued an expansionist agenda which blended the religious, political, and social towards making France, upon which he turned his attentions especially after 1555, Protestant. Beginning with an analysis of the two trajectories of thought existing within Christian discourse on prophecy from the patristic to the Early Modern era, this study goes on to locate Calvin within a non-mystical, non-apocalyptic prophetic tradition that focused on scriptural interpretation. Balserak demonstrates how Calvin developed a plan to win France for the gospel; a plan…

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