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The Legacy of John Calvin: His Influence on the Modern World (Calvin 500) Paperback – June 2, 2008
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"David Hall has gifted us with an innovative, succinct book on John Calvin and his influence on church and society in everything from education and benevolent assistance to politics and economics. . . . Some sections, such as Hall's description of Calvin's humility, are the finest I've read in all of Calvin literature. For a quick yet informative read about Calvin and his massive influence in the church and the world, this is the book." --Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
"David W. Hall makes many bold claims about the influence of John Calvin . . . and then provides the evidence to back up those claims. As a pastor who has read widely and deeply on his subject, Dr. Hall provides a positive appreciation of Calvin's life and influence for those celebrating the 500th anniversary of his birth." --William S. Barker, professor of church history emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
About the Author
- Publisher : P & R Publishing (June 2, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596380853
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596380851
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I wondered, though, whether Calvin’s detractors are reacting more against Calvin’s putative followers – like the Puritans – whose piety was once thought good but who are now redrawn in an age when piety is a pejorative word. So if those detractors have actually managed to repaint our view of Calvin himself, mistaking the baby for the bath water, then perhaps Hall has made a similar error in not admitting that there has been much that’s questionable done by his followers.
I read most of this, but couldn’t finish it when it got to the tributes section at the end. I don’t at all mind that the citations were well-meant when they were written or spoken, but bringing them all together in this book seems just to add more gloss for its own sake. Next time, I’ll choose a biography from someone who writes like a historian.