Calvinism: A History by D. G. Hart

By D. G. Hart

This swiftly advised background of Reformed Protestantism takes those church buildings via their whole 500-year history—from sixteenth-century Zurich and Geneva to fashionable destinations as far off as Seoul and São Paulo. D. G. Hart explores particularly the social and political advancements that enabled Calvinism to set up a world presence.

Hart's technique positive factors major episodes within the institutional heritage of Calvinism which are accountable for its modern profile. He strains the political and non secular situations that first created house for Reformed church buildings in Europe and later contributed to Calvinism's growth world wide. He discusses the consequences of the yank and French Revolutions on ecclesiastical institutions in addition to 19th- and twentieth-century communions, fairly in Scotland, the Netherlands, the USA, and Germany, that at once challenged church dependence at the nation.

Raising very important questions about secularization, non secular freedom, privatization of religion, and where of faith in public existence, this booklet will attraction not just to readers with pursuits within the historical past of faith but additionally within the position of faith in political and social existence this day.

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I AM is not to be equated with anything within the created order. He is not the god of war or the moon goddess or the spirit of the Nile, one among many. He is single and sole. 1 Of course the God of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures does not remain without character. He is far more than bare being. , that which by its very nature could never not be—God shows himself as the tribal God of Moses’ family, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This God is no vague ethical principle or mere infinite force.

There is an exclusivity to truth. This notion is implicit in the Hebrew Scriptures, but it becomes startlingly 59 Naugle, Worldview, p. 253. Worldview Definitions 43 explicit in the teaching of Jesus. Take the notion of what happens after death. When he knew that he did not have long to live, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (Jn 14:1). Then he told them that there is a life after death for them, that he is going away to make a place for them with his Father, that he is doing this so that eventually they can be with him.

Wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. ” (Ex 4:14) Volitional [David prayed], O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. (1 Chron 29:18) In the New Testament “the heart is the psychic center of human affections, . . the source of the spiritual life, . . ”66 Psychic center of human affections [Jesus says to his disciples], Do not let your hearts be troubled.

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