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By Marijn de Kroon / T&T Clark / 2001
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The Honour of God and Human Salvation is a penetrating study of Calvin's Institutes and an illumination of Calvin's theology as a whole. In it, Marijn de Kroon depicts the dynamic nature of Calvin’s thought. He shows how Calvin’s theological perspectives led him to see God in terms of His honor, to understand humanity in terms of human salvation, and to work with intense theological creativity upon this mutual relationship.
Summing up the general principle underlying his main work, Calvin wrote: “almost the entire content of our wisdom… consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and the Knowledge of ourselves.” Here are two poles between which our knowledge restlessly oscillates.
Starting from this assessment of the human condition, Marijn de Kroon springboards into an interpretation of the entirety of Calvin’s thought. The Honour of God and Human Salvation has long been regarded as a work of great importance. It is a must-read for all scholars and students of Calvin's theology.
Without question this is an important contribution to Calvin studies… [giving] access to the stimulating insights of a substantial scholar.
—The Reformed Theological Review
… a very valuable work.
de Kroon… engages the reader in a dialogue between Calvin and the modern researcher. In this dialogue, Calvin’s theology demonstrates itself to be fully adequate to deal with modern theological problems… a compelling and convincing account of the lasting relevance and vigor of Calvin’s theology.
—Willem van’t Spijker
With this remarkably fresh and perspicacious presentation of the lineaments of Calvin’s fundamental religious thought, de Kroon joins the number of notable modern Catholic scholars like Ganoczy, McDonnell, Feld, Crouzet, etc. who have contributed to the much needed deconfessionalization of Calvin studies.
… a worthy attempt to gain insight into [Calvin’s] theology…
—Irish Theological Quarterly
Dr. Marijn de Kroon is a leading Reformation scholar with an extensive knowledge of Protestant and Catholic theology and doctrine in the Reformation era. He is also an authority on the works of John Calvin and Martin Bucer, and is Editor of Deutsche Schriften Martin Bucers.