“The Most Perfect School of Christ.” Cover Image

„Krisztus legkiválóbb iskolája”
“The Most Perfect School of Christ.”

The Social Thought of John Calvin in the Light of His Sermons and the Registers of the Genevan Consistory. An Insight into the System and the Sources of John Calvin’s Social Thought

Author(s): Balázs Dávid Magyar
Subject(s): History of Church(es), Theology and Religion
Published by: Erdélyi Református Egyházkerület
Keywords: John Calvin;Genevan consistory;ethics;

Summary/Abstract: “The Institutes is the whole of Calvin and the whole of Calvinism. [...] To know Calvin one needs only the Institutes” – writes Emil Doumergue, the well-known French Calvin-researcher in his monumental biography, published on the fourth centenary of John Calvin’s birth (1909). Although the Institutes of Christian Religion is one of the most substantial works of the Reformer, his theological and spiritual heritage could not be reduced only to his Opus Magnum. John Calvin’s pastoral calling made him first of all an intellectual and ethical reformer of Geneva. In order to renew the social, political, and economic life of the people of Geneva, Calvin delivered sermons and through the consistory he implemented his theological and moral convictions which were deeply rooted in the Holy Scripture.

  • Issue Year: 105/2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 248-269
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Hungarian