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Conventional historiography has regularly considered Calvin's Geneva because the benchmark opposed to which all different Reformed groups needs to necessarily be measured, judging these groups who didn't stick to Geneva's institutional and doctrinal instance as by some means inferior and incomplete types of the unique. "Adaptations of Calvinism in Reformation Europe" builds upon contemporary scholarship that demanding situations this idea of the 'fragmentation' of Calvinism, and in its place deals a extra optimistic view of Reformed groups past Geneva.The essays during this quantity spotlight the various paths that Calvinism because it took root in Western Europe and which allowed it to strengthen inside of fifty years into the dominant Protestant confession. every one bankruptcy reinforces the concept that while many reformers did try and reproduction the type of neighborhood that Calvin had demonstrated, such a lot needed to compromise by means of adapting to the actual political and cultural landscapes within which they lived. the end result was once a state of affairs during which Reformed church buildings throughout Europe differed markedly from Calvin's Geneva in specific methods. Summarizing contemporary study within the box via chosen French, German, English and Scottish case stories, this assortment provides to the rising photograph of a versatile Calvinism that can adapt to fulfill particular neighborhood stipulations and wishes with the intention to let the Reformed culture to thrive and prosper.The quantity is devoted to Brian G. Armstrong, whose personal scholarship established how a ways Calvinism in seventeenth-century France had turn into dived by way of major disagreements over how Calvin's unique rules and doctrines have been to be understood.

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L. ), Calvin’s Commentaries. The Gospel according to St John 1–10 (Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1959) 170). Cf. Ioannis Calvini Opera Exegetica volumen XI/1: In Evangelium secundum Johannem Commentarius Pars Prior, H. ), (Geneva: Droz, 1997) 217; CO 47:155. Shortly before (on 6:53, p. 169. Cf. ), 217; CO 47:154) he states that John 6 refers not to the Lord’s Supper but to “the continual communication which we have apart from the reception of the Lord’s Supper”. WAS CALVIN A CRYPTO-ZWINGLIAN?

93 Gerrish, Old Protestantism, 114 (cf. 130); Grace and Gratitude, 138. Calvin also in response to Westphal talks of Christ’s body being “given” to unbelievers, while making it clear that “given” means “offered” and that unbelievers do not receive it: Second Defence (SWJC 2:306; CO 9:90); Last Admonition (SWJC 2:367; CO 9:157). 94 Gerrish, Old Protestantism, 114; Grace and Gratitude, 138f. 95 Gerrish, Grace and Gratitude, 174. 96 Cf. at nn. , above. WAS CALVIN A CRYPTO-ZWINGLIAN? 39 97 figure and truth “are not so linked that they cannot be separated”.

67 But it isn’t always realized that Calvin is no more keen than Zwingli to restrict feeding upon Christ’s flesh and blood to the Supper alone. He repeatedly cites John 6 for his interpretation of eating Christ’s flesh and drinking his blood. , 529, 578; CO 9:466, 477, 486, 522; OS 2:295). 65 Cf. W. ), Calvin’s Commentaries. A Harmony of the Gospels volume 3 (Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1972) 136; CO 45:708)) where he states that there is no other eating than that by which the Spirit vivifies us and that we eat Christ’s flesh when we receive life from it.

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