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Letters to a Young Calvinist

an invitation to the Reformed tradition

Published by Brazos Press .
Written in English.

About the Book

Who would have guessed that something as austere as Calvinism would become a hot topic in today's postmodern culture? At the five hundredth anniversary of John Calvin's birth, new generations have discovered and embraced a "New Calvinism" with fervor and zeal, finding in the Reformed tradition a rich theological vision. In fact, Time cited New Calvinism as one of "10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now." Letters to a Young Calvinist provides pastoral and theological counsel, encouraging converts to and participants in this tradition to find in Calvin a vision that's even bigger than the New Calvinism might suggest. Noted Reformed philosopher James K. A. Smith contends that much of what traffics under the banner of New Calvinism reduces "Reformed" to a narrow concern with Calvinistic soteriology. Smith introduces New Calvinists to the "world-formative" Christianity that was unleashed with the Reformation, presenting the Reformed tradition as an Augustinian renewal movement within the church catholic. Offering wisdom at the intersection of theology and culture, he also provides pastoral caution about pride and maturity. The creative and accessible letter format invites young Calvinists into a faithful conversation that reaches from Paul and Augustine through Calvin and Edwards to Kuyper and Wolterstorff. Together these letters sketch a comprehensive vision of Calvinism that is generous, winsome, and imaginative. - Publisher.

Table of Contents

Letter 1. Welcome to the family
Letter 2. On religious pride
Letter 3. Proud to be a Calvinist?
Letter 4. Grace all the way down
Letter 5. God owes us nothing
Letter 6. God doesn't even owe us an answer
Letter 7. Semper reformanda
Postcard from Geneva
Letter 8. A historical tour of Reformed theology
Letter 9. Augustine, patron saint of the Reformers
Postcard from Princeton
Letter 10. To be Reformed is to be Catholic
Letter 11. On being "confessional"
Letter 12. Beyond Westminster
Letter 13. God's "social" gospel
Letter 14. Our promise-keeping God
Postcard from Amsterdam
Letter 15. Elected to love
Letter 16. Church matters
Letter 17. Too Reformed for church?
Postcard from Seoul
Letter 18. On grumpy speculations
Letter 19. Wide-angle Calvinism
Letter 20. Far as the curse is found
Letter 21. What are we saved for?
Letter 22. Bibliographical providence
Letter 23. Enjoying God by enjoying creation

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