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Calvin and Predestination


Victor Shepherd
Publisher: Regent Audio (2001)
Product Number: RGCD3054J

Pilloried and praised in equal measure for his doctrine of predestination, Calvin knew how the doctrine was supposed to function: it brings unspeakable comfort to those assailed by persecution from without and by sin from within. Tirelessly he insisted, “Predestination, rightly understood, brings no shaking of faith but rather its best confirmation.” (Institutes 3.24.9). Yet when he came to discuss the doctrine itself, Calvin appeared to contradict himself in such crucial areas as Trinity, Christology and Pneumatology. Did he understand the doctrine rightly? Are the doctrinal contradictions merely apparent? Shepherds lectures articulate both an appreciation of the ethos of the doctrine in Reformed churchmanship and a criticism of its problematic logic.