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By Richard A. Muller

ISBN-10: 019515701X

ISBN-13: 9780195157017

This can be a sequel to Richard Muller's The Unaccomodated Calvin OUP 2000). within the prior publication, Muller tried to situate Calvin's theological paintings of their old context and to strip away a variety of twentieth-century theological grids that experience clouded our perceptions of the paintings of the Reformer. within the current ebook, Muller consists of this strategy ahead, with the objective of overcoming a chain of 19th- and twentieth-century theological frameworks attribute of a lot of the scholarship on Reformed orthodoxy, or what could be known as "Calvinism after Calvin."

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It is not a matter of accident that the era of Reformed orthodoxy begins in the decade of the deaths of Calvin, Vermigli, and Musculus, major second-generation codifiers of the Reformed tradition. Not only did this particular generation of Reformed theologians offer their church a fairly complete systematic expression of the chief teachings of the Reformation, they also oversaw the writing of the great confessions that define the shape and bounds of Protestant orthodoxy: the Gallican Confession, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Thirty-Nine Articles, and the Second Helvetic Confession.

Although the list is not exhaustive, I propose the following six topics for examination: (1) Middle Ages, Reformation, and Orthodoxy, with emphasis on continuities and discontinuities in development; (2) Renaissance, Reformation, and Orthodoxy, also with emphasis on the issue of continuities and discontinuities; (3) Reformation and Reformations—the problem of multiple trajectories; (4) the history of biblical interpretation from the later Middle Ages through the seventeenth century; (5) rhetoric, logic, philosophy, and scholastic method during the same period; and (6) the institutionalization and the "popular" dimensions of Protestantism following the Reformation.

The doctrinal stance is prior to the method: the method elaborates on and defends the doctrinal stance. Protestant Scholasticism: Methodological Issues and Problems in the Study of Its Development Given the relative newness of the field, particularly of what can be identified as the revisionist approach or "new school," as some have called it, the method of approach to the era of Protestant orthodoxy and its historiographical problems has not been fully charted. In this portion of the essay, I would like to point toward some of the gaps as well as gains in our knowledge and to the problems they raise, both historiographical Scholasticism and Orthodoxy in the Reformed Tradition 37 and methodological, for the study of Protestant scholasticism and its intellectual context.

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