For many reasons, the name ‘John Calvin’ evokes a mixed reception. This unit is designed to help such reception to be an informed one. It provides an introduction to the theological and historical contexts of, and developments in, the reformer’s thought, and considers the social, intellectual and ecclesial legacies that his vision encourages.
Identify important political, philosophical, social, cultural, and theological features that characterised Calvin’s world and articulate the ways they impacted his action and thought
Critically evaluate Calvin’s contribution to the movements of reform in sixteenth-century Europe and the social, intellectual and ecclesial legacies that his ideas have encouraged globally ever since
Interpret distinctive themes in Calvin’s major writings, particularly The Institutes of the Christian Religion and critically appraise how they inform and correspond to each other
Engage critically and constructively with Calvin’s ideas, appraising their ongoing relevance for theology and church life in contemporary contexts
Exhibit independent research skills to engage and advance the questions raised in and by Calvin’s thought and legacy
72 points in Foundational Studies
The unit will comprise of weekly lectures (2 hours) plus a tutorial (1 hour), both engaging with the topic for that module. Weekly readings will be assigned. These will form the basis of the tutorial discussions.
Annotated Bibliography 2,000 words
Document Study 1,500 words
Essay 4,000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-15 08:25:44 +1100