How exactly has Calvin been accommodated? The title of Richard Muller's most recent book, The Unaccommodated Calvin: Studies in the Foundation of a Theological Tradition, begs this question. Muller argues that twentieth-century Calvin scholarship suffered from a Barthian reading. Neo-Orthodox scholars routinely laid Calvin on their Procrustean beds, stretching and chopping the reformer's corpus until it fit within their dogmatic agenda. In much of the modern period, Calvin studies chiefly served as launching pads for the dogmatic-theological enterprise, rarely did they present his thought in a sixteenth-century context. According to Muller, contemporary scholarship stands at a crossroads. One path leads to a Schleiermacherian-centered hermeneutic, the other sees Calvin as a "genitive theologian," with Calvin as the theologian of experience, wisdom, christocentrism, and so forth. With The Unaccommodated Calvin, Muller seeks not to guide the traveler but to redraw the map.
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Issue: "That Word Above All Earthly Powers: PREACHING" Nov./Dec. 2000 Vol. 9 No. 6 Page number(s): 47-49
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