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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802848036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802848031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Robert W Kingdon is Hilldale Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, former director and current member of the Institute for Research in the Humanities and former editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal. John Witte Jr is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Ethics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His numerous books include From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Religion and Law in the Western Tradition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Jones on March 15, 2014
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What pops in your mind when you think of John Calvin? Austere, dour reformer? Man who had Servetus killed? A man who taught that evil, black doctrine of predestination? Or do you think of a man who protected women and children and sought to reform marriage? This latter picture is one painted by this book. I think most people will find me weird for loving this book so much. But I did. It is not a thrilling read. But as a pastor I am always looking for different perspectives on pastoral care. This book is a great picture of pastoral theology and care in action during a specific time period. This book is supposed to be the first of three volumes on Sex, Marriage, and Family in John Calvin's Geneva. I sincerely hope they get the other two written.

The value of this book is found in the specific cases that are presented to give the reader insight into how the reformation of marriage worked itself out in real life in Geneva. During John Calvin's time in Geneva there were two main courts which governed the lives of the citizens of Geneva. There was the main civil court called the Small Council. Then there was the church court called the Consistory, which is what this book focuses on. The Consistory was a group of around twenty-four men with twelve being the pastors of the city and twelve being elected men who came from various governing agencies in Geneva. The Consistory met every Thursday and kept pretty detailed case records. Thus we have actual records of how the pastors in Geneva tried to handle very complex cases, such as adultery, fornication, brothels, rape, polygamy, false promises of marriage, lying about financial data, overbearing parents, etc. The authors make extensive use of these records.
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John Witte, Jr. is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald
Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and
Religion Center at Emory University. A specialist in legal history, marriage law, and religious liberty, he has published 200 articles, 13 journal symposia, and 26 books.

Recent book titles include: From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Religion, and Law in the Western Tradition, 2nd ed. (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), No Establishment of Religion: America's Original Contribution to Religious Liberty, (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment, 3rd ed. (Westview Press, 2010). Witte is currently working on his 27th book.

Professor Witte's writings have appeared in ten languages, and he has lectured
and convened conferences through North America, Western and Eastern
Europe, Japan, Israel, and South Africa. With major funding from the Pew, Ford,Lilly, Luce, and McDonald foundations, he has directed 12 major international projects on democracy, human rights, and religious liberty, and on marriage, family, and children. These projects have collectively yielded more than 160 new volumes and 250 public forums around the world. He edits two major book series, "Studies in Law and Religion," and "Religion, Marriage and Family." He has been selected ten times by the Emory law students as the Most Outstanding Professor and has won dozens of other awards and prizes for his teaching and research.

Professor Witte is married to Eliza Ellison. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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