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The Theology of Calvin

By Wilhelm Niesel

The Theology of Calvin

The Theology of Calvin

By Wilhelm Niesel

The range and sweep of Calvin's theology have rarely been more comprehensively presented than in this book, recognised as essential by Reformation scholars.

Series: Library of Ecclesiastical History
Trade Information: JPOD
Available as: Hardback, Paperback

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Print Hardback

ISBN: 9780227172247

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 262pp

Published: June 2003


Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227172230

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 258pp

Published: June 2003


The range and sweep of John Calvin's theology have rarely been more comprehensively presented than by Niesel in this important book, which has long been recognised by Calvin scholars and students of Reformation theology as an essential work.

Niesel moves systematically through the great Reformer's theology and provides a lucid exposition. He does this by breaking Calvin's theology into categories, both major – such as the Trinity and the Bible – and more mundane – like the limits of secular government. His analysis both illuminates Calvin's ideas and helps to set them into the framework of their time.

1. The Present State of Critical Studies
2. The Knowledge of God
3. The Trinity
4. Creation and Providence
5. Sin
6. The Law of God
7. The Old and New Testaments
8. The Mediator
9. The Grace of Christ Within Us
10. The Life of a Christian Man
11. Prayer
12. God's Eternal Election
13. The Church
14. The Sacraments
15. The Secular Government
16. The Theology of Calvin and its Structural Organization


Professor Dr. Wilhelm Niesel was educated at Friedrichs-Werderschen Gymnasium at Berlin and studied theology at the University of Berlin, Tübingen and Göttingen. He was Pastor in Wuppertal-Elberfeld (Germany) and later became Professor of theology at the University of Berlin.