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Calvin and Commerce: The Transforming Power of Calvinism in Market Economies (Calvin 500) Paperback – October 1, 2009

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  • Series: Calvin 500
  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596380950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596380950
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first time you read this book, you'll be amazed at its breadth and scope. Then, on your second and third reading -- and you'll find it that compelling -- you'll be amazed at the awareness and application of Calvin's thinking on literally hundreds of details regarding business, commerce, and stewardship. Especially for a nation drifting rapidly toward socialistic assumptions, this is crucial reading." --Joel Belz, Founder, WORLD Magazine

"What we really need now, more than anytime in the last fifty years, is a thorough renewal of our understanding and commitment to a Reformed worldview on the markets. Carefully opening up Calvin's radically biblical, Christ-centered application of the creation, fall and redemption motif to the matter of market economies, this very readable book enables the reader to navigate the infamous criticisms and frequent misunderstandings of free markets to discover a truly free market model." --Michael A. Milton, President and Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

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Dr. David W. Hall has served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Midway Pres-byterian Church (PCA) in Powder Springs, Georgia since 2003. Previously, he served as Pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1984-2003) and as Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Georgia (1980-1984).

Dr. Hall's undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis (B. A., 1975) was in philosophy. After completion of his undergraduate studies, Pastor Hall studied at Swiss L'Abri and then enrolled at Covenant Theological Semi-nary in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1980. He later earned a Ph.D. in Chris-tian Intellectual Thought from Whitefield Theological Seminary.

In addition to pastoring, David Hall is the author or editor of over 20 books and numerous essays. He was also the Founder and Senior Fellow of the Kuyper Institute in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In addition to his commentaries and Kuyper Institute Briefings, his works include: The Genevan Reformation and the Ameri-can Founding; Savior or Servant? Putting Government in Its Place; Election Day Sermons; The Arrogance of the Modern: Historical Theology Held in Contempt; Holding Fast to Creation; The Millennium of Jesus Christ: An Exposition of The Revelation for All Ages, Welfare Reformed: A Compassionate Approach and A Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John Calvin.

In addition to his work as Executive Director of Calvin500, his Calvin500 series contains the following works: The Legacy of John Calvin, Calvin in the Public Square, Calvin and Commerce, Preaching Like Calvin, Calvin and Cul-ture, Tributes to John Calvin, and Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James G. McAlister on May 19, 2011
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Although good, biblically-derived economic thinking didn't originate with John Calvin (the under-appreciated Spanish Scholastics deserve an honored place in the pantheon of free-market heroes, though sadly they had little effect on the dominant economic understandings and attitudes of the Catholic Church of their own day), his influence spread such good thinking more widely and rapidly than had ever previously occurred. It can be argued that the religious "competition" he set in motion also provided intellectual competition for the dominant economic and political structures that served to improve the lives of those who did not ultimately embrace his theology. Calvin's incredibly detailed, systematic understanding of scripture, unencumbered by a millennium of church tradition that often gave as much weight to Aristotle as to Moses, the prophets, or even Paul, allowed Christendom to escape the economically stultifying false understandings of lending at interest and "good order" that impeded both financial and human capital. Hall and Burton provide a masterful and complete overview of Calvin's biblical thought as economic thought and how it both energized the West economically and socially and can serve as a corrective to some of our day's pernicious errors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Dahlstrom on February 9, 2013
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This is a very thorough but readable synopsis of Calvin's thought as it relates to the world of money and markets. It is organized so that it connects theological concepts with practical realities and Biblical morality, and includes not just commerce but philanthropy and service as well. The book also includes many references for further reading. So, if you wondered how the Bible applies to work, commerce, poverty and wealth, Calvin did too and this book summarizes some of his thoughts. It's hard to imagine a book that can be thorough and deep, yet readable and succinct. But, this book did it. Bravo to the Calvin 500 team.
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