Calvin's Doctrine of the Last Things
The far-reaching revival of evangelical theology is linked in Europe, Britain, and the United States with a re-discovery of the fundamental truths which the great reformers taught. In no instance is this more sharply seen than in the reformers' view of the fundamental eschatological character of the Gospel. In this book Heinrich Quistorp provides an illuminating survey of Calvin's conception of Hope, Immortality, Judgment, and Consummation in Christ. In his exposition of Calvin's Doctrine the author shows that for the reformer "hope is in fact the touchstone of a true and living faith. . . . Christ is the foundation and the end of the hope of those who share communion with Him. His second coming is nothing other than the unfolding of that atoning work which He accomplished at His first coming." For those in the reformed tradition who wish to have a concise account of Calvin's teaching this book will be a first-rate book of reference, and for all readers it will reveal something of the range and power of Calvin's view of the Christian faith as it faces present time and eternal destiny.