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The Protestant Tradition

The Protestant Tradition
An Essay in Interpretation


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521229135

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  • First published in 1955, this book was intended to offer a new interpretation of early Protestantism and, against this background, a searching treatment of modern religious issues. The Protestant tradition stems mainly from Luther, Calvin, and the Sectarians. Luther was the revolutionary genius; because of his acute sense of paradox his teaching is difficult to understand, but Dr Whale's summing-up makes it a good deal easier. After him Calvin, with his remorseless logic, may seem an unsympathetic figure; but here he is shown in his proper light as the great statesman and doctrinarian of the young church. The Sectarian movement was steadily gaining strength in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Dr Whale examines its teachings and tells of its later development. He speaks with conviction and vigour about issues including religious tolerance and intolerance and the conflict between Church and State; he closes with a plea for unity the Church.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521229135
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Luther:
    1. The historical problem
    2. Luther's contemporary relevance
    3. The paradox of justification by faith alone
    4. The paradox of believing sinner's assurance
    5. The paradox of 'Gabe' and 'Aufgabe'
    6. The calling and the Church
    Part II. Calvin:
    7. System
    8. Doctrine
    9. Churchmanship
    10. The Church in the world
    Part III. the Sect-Type:
    11. Dissent
    12. The personal principle
    13. The voluntary principle
    14. The spiritual principle
    15. Strength and weakness
    Part IV. Modern Issues:
    16. The Roman Church and toleration
    17. The totalitarian state and the crown rights of the redeemer
    18. Sectarian division and the Oecumenical movement

  • Author

    J. S. Whale

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