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The Reformed Churches

Susan C. Karant-Nunn

in Reformation of Feeling

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195399738
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399738.003.0003
The Reformed Churches

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This chapter focuses on Calvinism and the mood of Calvin's preaching. Calvin is not typical of those of his followers who ministered within the Holy Roman Empire and who most assuredly agreed with him on the core doctrines of predestination and the atonement. Calvin is in fact more dour than most and as disciplinary as any, a man of determination to impress upon his listeners their utter worthlessness. Calvin and his fellow Reformers leave intact, however, the miracle of the sweating of blood because it is useful to them in underscoring the external evidence of the inner tumult of the Lord as he faced the prospect of degrading execution. Otherwise, they depart drastically from Catholic practice, and indeed from some of their Lutheran counterparts. They render the Passion of Christ mainly psychological even though the Bible testifies to Jesus's horrific physical ordeal.

Keywords: Calvinism; John Calvin; sermons; preaching; Passion of Christ

Chapter.  14804 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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