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The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin (Cambridge Companions to Religion)

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"A welcome addition to the Cambridge Companion series."
- Theology Today

"...a much needed resource for students and researchers."
- SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

"In the spirit of the highly successful Cambridge Companion series, this volume provides a stimulating introduction to the life, work, and legacy of the reformer John Calvin."
Amy C. Graves, Renaissance Quarterly

"This Companion is a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in Calvin and his impact, and a valuable addition to any church library." - Presbyterian History

"In the recent past, The Cambridge Companion series has produced a bevy of helpful undergraduate-level textbooks which also serve as first port of call for more serious academic inquiry, ranging from the history of jazz, to Arabic philosophy, and now to John Calvin: a quintessential sixteenth-century reformer whos scope of influence--both then and now--simply transcends that of Geneva and the Francophone world...The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin is a welcome addition both to the Cambridge Companion series itself and to Calvin studies in general." Sixteenth Century Journal Paul C.H. Lim, Gorden-Conwell Theological Seminary

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Dr Donald K. McKim gathers together an international array of major Calvin scholars to consider phases of Calvin's theological thought and influence. Here, historians and theologians meet to present a full picture of Calvin's contexts, the major themes in Calvin's writings, and the ways in which his thought spread and has increasing importance today. The chapters serve as guides to their topics and provide further readings for additional study. This is an accessible introduction to the significant Protestant reformer and will appeal to the specialist and non-specialist alike.

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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052101672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521016728
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald K. McKim

Dr. Donald K. McKim is Editor for "The Present Word," ''Joining the Feast" in the Feasting on the Word Curriculum and also Editor for 'Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding' for Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has served as Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary (1993-2000) and as Professor of Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (1981-1988). Dr. McKim has also been Visiting Professor of Theology at Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia and Columbia Seminary's Center for Theological Studies in Orlando, Florida as well as Adjunct Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and Adjunct Faculty at Rhodes College, Memphis. Dr. McKim is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was Interim Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn, Pennsylvania as well as Stated Supply Pastor of Friendship, Parish, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. For two years he was a Visiting Faculty member in the Religion Department of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and of the Buechner Institute.

Dr. McKim is a 1971 cum laude graduate of Westminster College with Honors in Reli-gion and won four prizes at the College in the Religion and Philosophy Department. He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with the Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude in 1974. There he was the recipient of the Thomas Jamison Scholarship and the Sylvester S. Marvin Fellowship for graduate study and five awards in biblical studies, church history, and theology. He received the Ph.D. degree in Religion from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980.

Dr. McKim's co-authored book (with Jack B. Rogers), The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical Approach (Harper & Row, 1979) was selected "Book of the Year" by Eternity magazine and named one of the five best books in Religion in the American Book Awards for 1980. His other books include Coffee with Calvin (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013); Living into Lent (Witherspoon Press, 2013); A 'Down and Dirty' Guide to Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2011); More Presbyterian Questions, More Presbyterian Answers (Geneva, 2011); Ever a Vision: A Brief History of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1959-2009 (Eerdmans, 2009); Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers: Exploring Christian Faith (Geneva Press, 2003); Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction (Geneva Press, 2003); Introducing the Reformed Faith (Westminster John Knox Press, 2001); Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms (Westminster John Knox, 1996); The Bible in Theology and Preaching (Abingdon, 1994); Theological Turning Points (John Knox, 1988); Ramism in William Perkins' Theology (Peter Lang, 1987); and What Christians Believe About the Bible (Thomas Nelson, 1985). He has also written Kerygma: The Bible and Theology I, II, III, IV (The Kerygma Program, 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996). With Robert Benedetto and Darrell L. Guder he is co-author of the Historical Dictionary of the Reformed Churches (Scarecrow, 1999; 2nd edition with Robert Benedetto, 2009). Dr. McKim has edited Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters (InterVarsity, 2007);Calvin and the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2006); The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin (Cambridge University Press, 2004); The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther (Cambridge University Press, 2003); The Westminster Handbook to Reformed Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2001); Calvin's Institutes: Abridged Edition (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000); Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters (InterVarsity, 1998); God Never Forgets: Faith, Hope, and Alzheimer's Disease (Westminster John Knox, 1997); the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (Westminster/John Knox and St. Andrews Press, 1992); Major Themes in the Reformed Tradition (Eerdmans, 1992); A Guide to Contemporary Hermeneutics (Eerdmans, 1986); How Karl Barth Changed My Mind (Eerdmans, 1986); Readings in Calvin's Theology (Baker, 1984) and The Authoritative Word: Essays on the Nature of Scripture (Eerdmans, 1983). Dr. McKim has published over sixty articles and four-hundred book reviews. He has served on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Dr. McKim is married to the Rev. Dr. LindaJo McKim. They have two grown sons. Their address is: 7969 Burntwood Cove Germantown, TN 38138-6033. Phone: 901-752-0770; Fax: 901-759-0788. Email:

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 4, 2006
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A well-written, very accessible survey of Calvin's life, thought and theology, this book is a must for individuals interested in cutting through the myths and the misinformation and getting to know this complex and brilliant Reformation prophet, priest, pastor and theologian. The Cambridge Companion prompted me to go back and re-read sections of Calvin's "Institutes" armed with new insights garnered from this excellent compendium. I highly recommend "The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin" and I know that I will go back to it again and again for study, preaching and just plain enjoyment.
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