Coming November 2012 – “Calvin and the Reformed Tradition” by Richard Muller

Calvin lovers are in for a real treat come this November. Baker Academic will be releasing a new book from Richard Muller called Calvin and the Reformed Tradition. Here is the catalog description:

Richard Muller, a world-class scholar of the Reformation era, examines the relationship of Calvin’s theology to the Reformed tradition, indicating Calvin’s place in the tradition as one of several significant second-generational formulators. Muller argues that the Reformed tradition is a diverse and variegated movement not suitably described either as founded solely on the thought of John Calvin or as a reaction to or deviation from Calvin, thereby setting aside the old “Calvin and the Calvinists” approach in favor of a more integral and representative perspective. Muller offers historical corrective and nuance on topics of current interest in Reformed theology, such as limited atonement/universalism, union with Christ, and the order of salvation.

This is sure to be a masterpiece of scholarship. Take a look at some of these endorsements.

Calvin and the Reformed Tradition is a masterful and penetrating look into critical dimensions of Calvin’s soteriology in relation to the Reformed tradition. Richard Muller presents here the fruit of decades of careful research into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century sources. Sometimes he gives us a satellite view of conflicting master narratives in retelling Reformation and post-Reformation theology. At other times he gives us a microscopic view of specific texts in Calvin’s works, carefully analyzed in their context. At every turn he calls scholars to careful definition of terms and the avoidance of imposing anachronisms on early modern writers. Students of historical theology with an interest in matters such as the divine intent of Christ’s death, the
free offer of the gospel, the will of God for salvation, union with Christ, and the relation of assurance of salvation to the fruit of the Spirit will find this book challenging, illuminating, and helpful.”

Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“Richard Muller has been the key player in the extensive revision of how the theology of Calvin and his contemporaries is understood to relate to that of the later Reformed tradition. In this collection, he provides the reader with an outstanding selection of essays on this topic. Wide-ranging in scope, penetrating in argument, and breathtaking in scholarship, these essays are representative of Richard Muller at his very best. A scholarly cornucopia.”

Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Once again, Richard Muller has provided us with a sophisticated and provocative analysis of the Reformed tradition. In this detailed and careful study of Reformed Orthodoxy, Muller debunks the ‘master narratives’ of both ‘Calvin for the Calvinists’ and ‘Calvin against the Calvinists.’ Rejecting simplistic grand narratives, Muller goes directly to the texts. In so doing he analyzes in detail the different contexts, language, augmentation, exegesis, and changing debates of the authors. He demonstrates that the development of the Reformed tradition was determined by many sources besides that of John Calvin. In his analyses he brings to life the complexity and variety of the sources, arguments, and doctrines of these various authors. By allowing them to speak on their own terms and in the context of the debates of their times, he demonstrates that the development of Reformed Orthodoxy was far from monolithic. Muller teaches us that this tradition stemmed from multiple backgrounds, relied on various predecessors and sources, and must be understood in terms of changing circumstances. This book is indispensable for understanding the development of the theology of the Reformed tradition.”

Susan Schreiner, professor of the history of Christianity and theology, University of Chicago Divinity School

“In this impressive book, Richard Muller gives a clarion call for scholars to awaken from their dogmatic slumbers when approaching the early Reformed tradition and Reformed orthodoxy on the application of Christ’s work, union with Christ, and the order of salvation. Muller gives an illuminating contextual reading of a broad range of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed sources. Full of nuance and fresh historical insight that cuts through muddy thinking, Calvin and the Reformed Tradition is an indispensable resource for ongoing discussions of these topics among historians and theologians.”

J. Todd Billings, associate professor of Reformed theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

Calvin and the Reformed Tradition will be a paperback with 288 pages and sell for $39.99.

Richard A. Muller (PhD, Duke University) is P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of numerous books, including The Unaccommodated Calvin, After Calvin, and Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. He also serves as the editor for the Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series.


About Louis

I am a 1997 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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