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Divine accommodation in John Calvin's theology : analysis and assessment

Author: Arnold Huijgen; Jean Calvin
Publisher: Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.
Series: Reformed historical theology, v. 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Arnold Huijgen analysiert und bewertet den Akkommodationsbegriff in der Theologie Johannes Calvins. Akkommodation meint, dass Gott sich in seiner Offenbarung dem menschlichen Begriffsvermogen anpasst.  Read more...

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Named Person: Jean Calvin; Jean Calvin; Jean Calvin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Huijgen; Jean Calvin
ISBN: 9783525569443 3525569440
OCLC Number: 729553559
Description: 416 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Object of the present study ; "Divine accommodation" in recent Calvin research ; Polemical use of the concept ; Accommodation and exegesis, pedagogy, rhetoric ; David F. Wright's restatement of the case ; Most recent contributions ; Formulation of desiderata ; "Divine accommodation" and systematic theology ; Kuitert's critique ; Divine accommodation and 17th century philosophy ; Revelation as self-revelation ; Criteria for an assessment ; Method and outline --
Roots of the concept of divine accommodation : Classical rhetoric ; Cicero ; Rhetorica and Herennium ; Quintilian ; Conclusion ; Church fathers ; Justin, Tertullian, Irenaeus ; Clement of Alexandria, Origen ; Athanasius ; The Cappadocians ; Chrysostom ; Augustine ; Conclusion ; Erasmus of Rotterdam ; Tension of Spirit and letter ; Virtue of Christ and His disciples ; Rhetorical term ; Conclusion --
Historical questions about accommodation in Calvin : Calvin's reception of earlier ideas of accommodation ; Reception of the rhetorical idea ; Reception of the patristic idea ; Reception of Erasmus' view ; Conclusion ; Developments in Calvin's concept of accommodation ; Institutes 1536 ; Institutes 1539 ; Institutes 1543 ; Between Institutes 1543 and 1559 ; Institutes 1559 ; After the Institutes 1559 ; Conclusion --
Accommodation as pedagogy : Pedagogical images of divine accommodation ; Family and school ; Father, teacher, physician ; Child and pupil ; Doctrine and the ABCs ; Conclusion ; DIvine accommodation as tolerance ; Fatherly tolerance ; COncessions to "hardness of heart" ; Judicial strictness ; Conclusion ; Development of pedagogical accommodation ; Accommodation under the Old Testament ; Unity of the testaments and accommodation ; Phases in Old Testament accommodations ; Character of Old Testament accommodations ; Christ the Mediator as pivot of accommodation ; Accommodation under the New Testament ; Israel, circumcision, and the temple ; Sacraments ; Eschatological outlook ; Conclusion. Accommodation as revelation : Accommodated revelation and God's transcendent essence ; God's essence behind accommodated revelation ; Hermeneutical consequences ; All biblical language is accommodated ; God's repentance ; God's emotions ; Localizations of God ; God's 'persona' ; Human knowledge of God's essence ; Faith in Christ as entrance into the inaccessible ; god's essence and God's nature ; Conclusion ; Character of accommodated revelation ; Limited, mediated, useful ; Dynamic ; Ladder metaphor ; Pilgrim metaphor ; Conclusion ; Circles toward familiar intimacy ; Outer circle: universal aspects of revelation ; More inward: scripture ; Inner circle: knowledge of Christ ; Core: God's inapproachable light ; Dynamics of illumination ; Conclusion --
Theological assessment of divine accommodation : First criterion: religious certainty ; Kuitert's objections ; Barth's idea of self-revelation ; Immediateness against agnosticism ; Analogia fidei / relationis against analogia entis ; Dorner's Pisteologie ; Conclusion ; Second criterion: personal revelation ; God as Person ; Dorner ; Barth ; Comparison with Calvin ; God's immutability ; Human subjectivity ; A different world ; Dorner ; Barth ; Comparison with Calvin ; Conclusion ; Third criterion: hermeneutical plausibility ; Theology and natural science ; Anthropomorphic character of biblical language ; Spinoza ; Kuitert, Barth ; Comparison with Calvin ; Pedagogical framework ; Conclusion.
Series Title: Reformed historical theology, v. 16.
Responsibility: Arnold Huijgen.

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