Calvinism: Its History, Principles and Perspectives

Baker, 1966


In this compact volume, Simon Kistemaker gives a scholarly yet highly accessible introduction and overview of Calvin’s life and thought, stating that “Calvinsim has a message from the past for the present and the future because it is a dynamic movement which recognizes God’s Word in every domain of life. . . . the message of Calvinism must be interpreted in every age again.” Kistemaker offers “a concise history of Calvin and Calvinism” in the first portion, and presents “its principles and perspectives” in the second part. This text makes a great introduction to Calvinsim for students, or a handy manual for anyone looking for a concise, yet thorough look at this important historical and theological figure.

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Key Features

  • Presents an accessible, in-depth work on the life of Calvin
  • Discusses the ideas and principles of Calvinism
  • Examines the impact of Calvinism as a movement


  • A Biography of John Calvin
    • Formative Years
    • Period of Service
  • A History of Calvinism
    • Reformation in the Sixteenth Century
    • Arminianism in the Seventeenth Century
    • Rationalism in the Eighteenth Century
    • Restoration in the Nineteenth Century
    • Ecumenism in the Twentieth Century
  • Principles of Calvinism
    • Sovereignty of God
    • Sphere Sovereignty
  • Perspectives of Calvinism
    • Political Task
    • Education
    • Society, Organizations, and the Christian
  • Epilogue

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About Simon J. Kistemaker

Simon J. Kistemaker is professor emeritus of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Born in the Netherlands, he studied at Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary before earning his ThD at the Free University in Amsterdam. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1976, and has written a number of books, including several volumes in the Baker New Testament Commentary series, begun by William Hendriksen. Kistemaker won the Gold Medallion Evangelical Book of the Year Award for four of his volumes in this series.


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