Calvin and the Later Reformation

Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017


PREAMBLE

PAUL WELLS - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
The Celebration Of Luther’s Reformation This Year Brings Up Once Again The Question Of Sola Scriptura, And In Particular The Problem Of The Role Of Tradition. We Tend To Think That Tradition Is The Hunting Estate Of The Roman Catholic Church. However, Benjamin B. Warfield...

EDITORIAL: A NEW NINETY-FIVE THESES ON SCRIPTURE

PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
October 31, 2017 1. The Church Is Always In Need Of Reforming According To The Word Of God If It Is To Remain The Christian Church. 2. A Program For Reforming The Church Requires A Reaffirmation Of Sola Scriptura. 3. The Church’s Way Of Reading And Understanding Scripture Must Be Formed By Scripture Itself, With Scripture Interpreting Scripture. 4. ...

IN MEMORIAM: WON SANG LEE (1937–2016)

Editor - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
We Are Saddened By The Passing Of Won Sang Lee, December 5, 2016, After His Battle With Cancer For About A Year And Half. We Wish To Honor His Life And Legacy As A Pastor-scholar And Visionary Churchman. Lee Was Born In Manchuria, China, In 1937. After Studying Philosophy, He Obtained A Masters Of Theology In Old Testament From Dallas Theological Seminary In 1972, A Masters In Near Eastern Studies From The University Of Pennsylvania In 1981, And A Ph.D. In Pastoral Theology From Wales ...

LEARNING FROM CALVIN’S METHODOLOGY OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

DAVID EUNG YUL RYOO - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Most Research On John Calvin Focuses On Theology And History. Yet Calvin Viewed Himself Primarily As A Minister And Preacher: The Bible Is The ReveLation Of God And Exposition The Preacher’s Ultimate Mission. This Article Examines Calvin’s Methodology Of Biblical Interpretation In His Sermons, His Perspective On The Word, And His Conception Of Preaching. Calvin’s Sermons Reveal Four Characteristics: The Goal Of Preaching Is Unfolding Biblical Texts, Biblical Interpretation Communicates ....

CALVIN: INTERPRETER OF THE PROPHETS

BYRON G. CURTIS - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
This Article Explores The Hermeneutical Principles Behind John Calvin’s Commentaries And Lectures On Isaiah (1550/1559), Hosea (1557), The Minor Prophets (1559), Daniel (1561), Jeremiah (1563), And Ezekiel 1–20 (posthumous, 1565). Calvin Is Not The Founder Of Historical-grammatical Exegesis, The Precursor Of The Historical-critical Method, Or A Literalist. He Crystallizes Earlier Medieval Practices With His Expanded Sensus Literalis. ...

FROM EXEGESIS TO PREACHING: CALVIN’S UNDERSTANDING AND USE OF EPHESIANS 2:8–10

JOHN V. FESKO - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
This Essay Discusses The History And Development Of John Calvin’s Use Of Ephesians 2:8–10. It Traces Calvin’s Use Of This Text Through The Various Editions Of The Institutes, His 1548 Commentary On Ephesians, And His Sermon On This Text, And It Explores How Calvin Used The Text And How He Employed The Passage In The Different Theological And Pastoral Contexts Throughout His Life. It Showcases The Nexus Between Exegesis, Theology, And Pastoral Ministry During His Life.

CALVIN, BEZA, AND PERKINS ON PREDESTINATION

JOEL R. BEEKE - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Given The Importance Of Predestination To Reformed Theology And The Place That Calvin, Beza, And Perkins Have In Its Development And In Modern Historiography, This Article Asks What These Theologians Actually Said About Predestination. It Offers A Brief Exposition Of Their Teachings On This Important Topic And Seeks To Demonstrate Their Basic Complemen- Tarity Of Belief, Their Shared Intention, And Their Desire To Promote Godli- Ness By This Aspect Of Sola Gratia. It Is No Surprise That ....

VERMIGLI, CALVIN, AND ARISTOTLE’S ETHICS

PAUL HELM - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Peter Martyr Vermigli And John Calvin Differed In Significant Ways In Their Attitudes Toward Greek Philosophy, Notably Toward Aristotle, Who Was Chiefly Of Interest For His Remarks On The Structure Of Human Nature And Ethics. Peter Martyr Was More Reverential, Perhaps More Positive, In His Use Of Aristotle, And Studied Him For Theological Purposes. Calvin Distinguished Between Aristotle’s Excellence At Metaphysics And His Ethics, Which Was Handicapped By His Lack Of Conception Of The Fall ...

DISCIPLINE AND IGNORANCE IN CALVIN’S GENEVA

SCOTT M. MANETSCH - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Founded By John Calvin In 1542, The Genevan Consistory Was A Disci- Plinary Court Made Up Of Pastors And Lay Elders That Oversaw Public Morality And Enforced Right Belief In The City Church. Although Scholars Of Early Modern Europe Have Explored In Detail The Various Functions Of This Religious Institution, Inadequate Attention Has Been Paid To Its Important Pedagogical Role. This Essay Explores The Various Strategies...

BULLINGER ON ISLAM: THEORY AND PRACTICE

DANIËL TIMMERMAN - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
The Present Inquiry Engages With The Perception Of Islam And Of Christian-Muslim Relations In The Works Of The Sixteenth-century Zurich Reformer Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575). On The Basis Of Previous Research, It Attempts To Deepen Our Understanding Of The Reformer’s Theory Of Islam By Comparing It With The Notions Of True And False Prophecy. This Theological Perspective Is Broadened By A Discussion Of Bullinger’s ...

BULLINGER’S THE OLD FAITH (1537) AS A THEOLOGICAL TRACT

JOE MOCK - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
The Swiss Reformer Heinrich Bullinger Wrote The Old Faith (1537) To Be Read Alongside His Treatise On The Covenant, De Testamento (1534). His Aim Was To Convince A Wide Audience That The Reformed Faith Was In Con- Formity With A Correct Reading And Interpretation Of The Biblical Message And The Church Fathers. The Work Displays Insight Into Key Biblical And Theological Themes And, As With Irenaeus’s ...

REFORMATION AND MUSIC

BILLY KRISTANTO - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
This Article Explores The Impact Of The Reformation And The Post- Reformation Era On The Christian Understanding Of Music, As Well As The Historical Development Of Music. The Article Begins With Martin Luther’s Unique Contribution To The Theology Of Music. The Second Section Deals With John Calvin’s Complementary Theology Of Music. ...

WHOSE REBELLION? REFORMED RESISTANCE THEORY IN AMERICA: PART I

SARAH MORGAN SMITH AND MARK DAVID HALL - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Students Of The American Founding Routinely Assert That America’s Civic Leaders Were Influenced By Secular Lockean Political Ideas, Especially On The Question Of Resistance To Tyrannical Authority. Yet Virtually Every Political Idea Usually Attributed To John Locke Was Alive And Well Among Reformed Political Thinkers Decades Before Locke Wrote The Second Treatise. In This Two-part Essay, ...

FACING THE APOLOGETIC CHALLENGES OF SCIENTIFIC ATHEISM

HENK (H. G.) STOKER - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
The Contemporary Challenges Of Scientific Atheism To The Christian World- View Should Be Viewed By Christian Apologists As A Conflict About Truth And Meaning. The Christian Worldview Makes Sense Of The Rational Intelligibility Of The Universe, While The Reductionist Approach Of Naturalism Undermines The Clarity Of The Design In Created Reality And Is A Worldview That Destroys The Ultimate Meaning Of Life. ...

THE IMPACT OF CALVINIST TEACHING IN INDONESIA

AGUSTINUS M. L. BATLAJERY - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Of Eighty-nine Churches That Belong To The Communion Of Churches In Indonesia, Forty-eight Of Them, Located From Sumatra To Papua, Declare Themselves To Be Calvinist Or Reformed.1 Calvinist Communions Are The Largest Of The Protestant Denominations In Indonesia. This Article Illus- Trates How Calvinist Thinking Entered Indonesia And What Kind Of Calvinism Is Found In The Indonesian Churches To The Present. In Theology And Practice, These Churches With Their Calvinist Background Continue ...

THE NINETY-FIVE THESES TODAY: INTERVIEW WITH DRS. TIMOTHY WENGERT AND CARL R. TRUEMAN

PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017
Our Privilege Is To Interview Drs.Timothy Wengert And Carl Trueman Because 2017 Is The Five-hundredth Anniversary Of The Epoch-making Event Of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses On Indulgences, And The Beginning Of The Reformation. ...