Calvin's views on the Sabbath are the subject of claim and counterclaim. This book brings together two controversial themes: Calvin's ideas on Church/state relationships and on the Sabbath. Richard Gaffin traces the development of Calvin’s beliefs through his comments and writings. Gaffin also helps us to understand the relationship between the Ten Commandments and the New Testament. Not only does Gaffin show what Calvin thought, he also critiques his conclusions and compares them to other Reformers and confessional statements of the period. Calvin's conclusions have a much wider implication than on how we honor the Sabbath; Griffin's analysis is both surprising and thought provoking.
This is a most interesting study, and, incidentally, a reminder that no mere man is our ultimate authority for belief or practice.
—David McKay, Reformed Theological College
Richard B. Gaffin is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.