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Adaptations of Calvinism in Reformation Europe

Essays in Honour of Brian G. Armstrong, 1st Edition

Edited by Mack P. Holt


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Traditional historiography has always viewed Calvin's Geneva as the benchmark against which all other Reformed communities must inevitably be measured, judging those communities who did not follow Geneva's institutional and doctrinal example as somehow inferior and incomplete versions of the original. Adaptations of Calvinism in Reformation Europe builds upon recent scholarship that challenges this concept of the 'fragmentation' of Calvinism, and instead offers a more positive view of Reformed communities beyond Geneva. The essays in this volume highlight the different paths that Calvinism followed as it took root in Western Europe and which allowed it to develop within fifty years into the dominant Protestant confession. Each chapter reinforces the notion that whilst many reformers did try to duplicate the kind of community that Calvin had established, most had to compromise by adapting to the particular political and cultural landscapes in which they lived. The result was a situation in which Reformed churches across Europe differed markedly from Calvin's Geneva in explicit ways. Summarizing recent research in the field through selected French, German, English and Scottish case studies, this collection adds to the emerging picture of a flexible Calvinism that could adapt to meet specific local conditions and needs in order to allow the Reformed tradition to thrive and prosper. The volume is dedicated to Brian G. Armstrong, whose own scholarship demonstrated how far Calvinism in seventeenth-century France had become divided by significant disagreements over how Calvin's original ideas and doctrines were to be understood.


’As a tribute to the American scholar Brian G. Armstrong, this collection succeeds in illuminating the richness of Calvinist belief and practice in a Europe which scholars increasingly recognise as confessionalised.’ Parergon ’The volume presents some very fine studies, and in its compilation proves the impact of Armstrong’s approach. As such, it presents articles that merit the attention of even novice students of the period, but only more experienced scholars will probably see the historiographical impact of the collection.’ Religious Studies Review ’Books such as this one are important for the specialized studies they present and their illumination of specific issues.’ Sixteenth Century Journal ’The volume is a well-deserved tribute to Professor Armstrong. The chapters are generally solid and stimulating. They are rich with references to recent literature, demonstrating how comprehensive the interest in early reformation history has become.’ Calvin Theological Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Mack P. Holt; Part I Calvin, Beza, and Geneva: John Calvin's interpretation of Psalm 22, Bernard Roussel; Was Calvin a crypto-Zwinglian?, Anthony N.S. Lane; Development and coherence in Calvin's Institutes: the case of baptism (Institutes 4:15-4:16), David F. Wright; God's eternal decree and its temporal execution: the role of this distinction in Theodore Beza's theology, Donald Sinnema. Part II: Reformed Ideas Outside Geneva: A lay voice in 16th-century 'ecumenics': Katharina Schütz Zell in dialogue with Johannes Brenz, Conrad Pellican and Caspar Schwenckfeld, Elsie Anne McKee; Vera Ecclesiae Concordia: Martin Bucer's blueprint for the Reformation in France, Willem van't Spijker; Politique and spiritualist tolerance: Bodin's Heptaplomeres and Coornhert's Synodus, Gerrit. Voogt. Part III The Reformation in France: The Genevan model and Gallican originality in the French reformed tradition, Raymond A. Mentzer; Divisions within French Calvinism: Philippe Duplessis-Mornay and the Eucharist, Mack P. Holt; The Jacques Royer affair, 1604-1624: an argument over liturgy in Geneva and France, Robert M. Kingdon. Part IV The Reformations in England and Scotland: A Calvinist bishop at the court of King Charles I, Daniel J. Steere; Popular polity?: the imposition of Elizabethan church discipline in the Deanery of Stottesden, Brett G. Armstrong; Marginal at best: John Knox's contribution to the Geneva Bible, 1560, Dale Walden Johnson; Index.

About the Editor

Mack P. Holt is Professor in the Department of History, George Mason University, USA.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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