Posted by: Michael M. Dewalt | November 17, 2008

Future of Calviniana

Allowing Battles the final word, in his 1976 “Future of Calviniana,” he summarized his own work well:

“. . . what I am advocating is no antiquarian enterprise. What is set forth in the pages . . . however clumsily, is a life and death matter. Can the form of Christianity commonly known as Calvinism survive in the modern world? It cannot survive unless, first, it is known; secondly, believed; thirdly, practiced. Calvin, the theologian, was captive to his own time and place, but also transcends the sixteenth century. The more I study that great interpreter of Jesus Christ, the more contemporary I discover him to be, and the more dated I find so called ‘contemporary theology’ to be.” (O’Brien, 187)

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  1. […] a comment » Michael Dewalt at Calvin 500 quotes from Ford Lewis Battles as follows: . . . what I am advocating is no antiquarian enterprise. What is set forth in the pages […]


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