The Power Dialectic

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199255696
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602429 | DOI:
The Power Dialectic

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Develops the theme of divine power raised in the previous chapter. Is God for Calvin a tyrant, a God of pure will? In the light of a consideration of the mediaeval 'power dialectic between God's 'absolute' and ordained' power, it is shown how Calvin upholds the essence of this distinction but deplores separating God's power from his righteousness. There is a discussion of the relation between the will of God and the atonement of Christ, and of the extent to which it is reasonable to think that Calvin was a 'Scotist'.

Keywords: acceptio; atonement; divine power; Duns Scotus; 'ordained' versus 'absolute power'; power dialectic; the will of God

Chapter.  17654 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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