Calvin's Doctrine of the Word and Sacrament

By Ronald Wallace

Calvin's Doctrine of the Word and Sacrament

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  • ISBN: 9781579100568
  • Pages: 265
  • Publication Date: 9/30/1997
  • Retail Price: $29.00
Web Price: $23.20
Web Price: $23.20

Calvin's Doctrine of the Word and Sacrament

By Ronald Wallace

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  • ISBN: 9781579100568
  • Pages: 265
  • Publication Date: 9/30/1997
  • Retail Price: $29.00
Web Price: $23.20

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Charles Hodge viewed Calvin's doctrine of the union of believers with Christ's humanity in the Lord's Supper as "an uncongenial foreign element" in Calvin's thought, having "no root in the system." Robert L. Dabney found Calvin's doctrine to be a "strange opinion," which he had to reject "because it is not only incomprehensible, but impossible." Were these eminent theologians correct, or did they miss the genius of Calvin's thinking at this point?

Back in print at last, Ronald Wallace's classic study is a careful examination of Calvin's Commentaries, Institutes, Sermons, and Tracts, designed to clarify the teaching of the great Reformer. The following two sentences from the preface aptly sum up the author's intention: "What is most important in the study of Calvin today is to reveal what the Reformer himself actually said, in order that misconceptions about his teaching may be cleared away. Therefore this work is not a critical study of Calvin, but an attempt to express his teaching as copiously, fairly, and sympathetically as possible."

Dr. Wallace's book is also valuable for the insight it gives into Calvin's method of interpreting Scripture, especially the Old Testament.

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Ronald Wallace

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Ronald S. Wallace was for nearly thirty years a parish minister in several rural, town, and city parishes in Scotland. During this period he wrote 'Calvin's Doctrine of the Word and Sacrament' and 'Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life' (both currently reprinted by Geneva Divinity School Press), as well as several books of Biblical exposition. He then became professor of Biblical Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, a post he held for thirteen years. He now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and devotes his time to writing.

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