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Do You considerJohn Calvin To be a Good Systematic Theologian?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by JesusFan, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. JesusFan

    JesusFan New Member

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    If not, why would that be?

    Even IF you disagree with his teachings, wasn't he still a good to great theologian?
     
  2. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely, Calvin is the finest systematician of his age and in the top five in all the history of the church.
     
  3. quantumfaith

    quantumfaith Active Member

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    I think he was quite gifted and astute.
     
  4. JesusFan

    JesusFan New Member

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    Right after Jesus/Paul and Augustine?
     
  5. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member

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    Jesus and Paul weren't systematic theologians. Good try though. :)

    I'd say Calvin is in the discussion with Augustine, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and Peter Lombard.
     
  6. JesusFan

    JesusFan New Member

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    Paul might get offended at that, as his Romans finest "theology" work ever written!
     
  7. Martin Marprelate

    Martin Marprelate Well-Known Member

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    I would disagree with him rather strongly on the subjects of baptism and ecclesiology.

    For sure! That he could bring such a systematized view to the Scriptures so soon after the Reformation is remarkable, but today we stand on giants' shoulders and so we can see further than they (so long as we keep looking in the right direction).

    Has anyone read John Robinson's farewell sermon to the Pilgrim fathers? Well worth looking at.

    Steve
     
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    Earth Wind and Fire Well-Known Member

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    Steve O. I agree with your analysis of Calvin. :D
     
  9. StefanM

    StefanM Well-Known Member

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    Paul was not a systematic theologian. The book of Romans is not a systematic theology.
     
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    This should not be lost upon us. Thanks for this. :thumbsup:
     
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    Rippon Well-Known Member

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    But Duns Scotus and Peter Lombard would not be in the top five as you apparently think in post #5.
     
  12. JesusFan

    JesusFan New Member

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    True in a strict 'technical" sense NOT systematic theology, but Closest to such in bible!

    And still the finest treatise on theology ever was written!
     
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