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“By the Renewing of Tour Minds”

John Calvin

in By the Renewing of Your Minds

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195134865
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134865.003.0009
“By the Renewing of Tour Minds”

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This chapter elicits Calvin's aretology. It first identifies the human need as he diagnosed it, then examines the goals God set for the therapy, and follows, or rather narrates, the rhetorical and pedagogical strategies that both God and Calvin use for getting the job done. Calvin's aretology is based on a religious view of reality in which God is awesome and powerful and human beings stubborn yet vulnerable. They want to please God by being good and doing good. Calvin assumes that moral failure is, or at least can be, made to be bothersome, so that moral self-awareness stimulates reform. Even though all credit for transformation goes to the Holy Spirit, Calvin believes that Christians retain enough shreds of reason to be educable.

Keywords: John Calvin; God; aretology; Christians

Chapter.  12199 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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