Later Calvinism: International Perspectives

W. Fred Graham, ed.

This title is OUT OF PRINT.

This volume presents the evolution of Calvin’s ideas in the latter part of the sixteenth and early part of the seventeenth centuries along national lines. (SCE&S 22)



Tags: , ,


Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 22

This volume presents the evolution of Calvin’s ideas in the latter part of the sixteenth and early part of the seventeenth centuries along national lines. Calvin’s influence is traced in Switzerland, France, Scotland, the Rhinelands, Holland, and England. As John Leith points out in his “Foreword,” this book enables many American Protestants to understand their history, how they came to believe what they do, how scholastic theology of the nineteenth century is firmly rooted in later Calvinism.



Part 1—The Swiss Confederacy after Calvin

The Word of God as Scripture and Preaching
Edward A. Downey Jr.
Reactivating Textual Traces: Martyrs, Memory and the Self in Theodore Beza’s Icones (1581)
Catharine Randall Coats
The Control of Marriage in Reformed Switzerland, 1550–1800
Jeffrey R. Watt
Rhaetian Ministers, from Shepherds to Citizens: Calvinism and Democracy in the Republic of Three Leagues 1550–1620
Randolph C. Head
Francis Turretin’s Concept of the Covenant of Nature
Stephen R. Spencer
Reformed Orthodoxy in Transition: Bénédict Pictet (1655–1724) and Enlightened Orthodoxy in Post-Reformation Geneva
Martin I. Klauber

Part 2 — France after Calvin

Semper Reformanda: The Case of the French Reformed Church, 1559–1620
Brian G. Armstrong
Reformed Theology and the Origins of Synodical Polity: Calvin, Beza and the Gallican Confession
Glenn S. Sunshine
Antoine De Chandieu’s Call for a Scholastic Reformed Theology (1580)
Donald Sinnema

Part 3 — Scotland after Calvin

Reformation in France and Scotland: A Case Study in Sixteenth-Century Communication
W. Stanford Reid
Enforcing the Discipline of the Kirk: Mr. Patrick Galloway’s Early Years as Minister at Perth
Mary Black Verschuur
The Civil Sword and the Scottish Kirk, 1560–1600
Michael Graham
“Uniformity in Religion”: The Solemn League and Covenant (1643) and the Presbyterian Vision
David G. Mullan

Part 4—The Rhinelands

The Dramatic Story of the Heidelberg Catechism
I. John Hesselink
Vester Grundt and the Origins of the Heidelberg Catechism
Lyle D. Bierma
Calvin’s Attitude to the Heidelberg Catechism
Fred H. Klooster
Christ and the Eschaton: The Reformed Eschatology of Jerome Zanchi
John L. Farthing
Faith and Assurance in Early Calvinism: A Model of Continuity and Diversity
Robert Letham

Part 5—The Netherlands after Calvin

Establishing the Reformed Church: Clergy and Magistrates in the Low Countries 1572–1620
Derk Visser
From Pure Church to Pious Culture: The Further Reformation in the Sixteenth-Century Dutch Republic
Fred A. van Lieburg
God, Predestination, and the Integrity of the Created Order: A Note on Patterns in Arminius’ Theology
Richard A. Muller

Part 6—England after Calvin

Self-Examination in John Calvin and William Ames
David Foxgrover
The Third Part of Christian Freedom Misplaced, Being an Inquiry into the Lectures of the Late Rev. Samuel Willard on the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism
David Willis-Watkins
The Later English Calvinists and the Geneva Bible
Dan G. Danner
The Rye House Plotting, Nonconformist Clergy, and Calvin’s Resistance Theory
Richard L. Greaves
Church, State, and Toleration: John Locke and Calvin’s Heirs in England, 1644–1689
J. Wayne Baker


William Fred Graham is Emeritus Professor of Religion at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He received his AB from Tarkio College, the BD from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the ThM from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and the PhD from the University of Iowa. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. His teaching career has been totally at Michigan State University. He is author of The Constructive Revolutionary, and Picking of the Pieces; editor of Calvin and Calvinism; and writer of numerous scholarly articles. He has received grants from the National Endowment for Humanities and the the American Philosophical Association. He has served as President of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, is a member of the Calvin Studies Society, and American Society of Church History.


The tension between what later Calvinists inherited and their adaptation of that inheritance under new circumstances which is the most fascinating feature both of this book and of its overall theme.

Journal of Ecclesiastical History

What is especially pleasing is the inclusion of essays by younger scholars who are using modern historical tools to open windows on neglected aspects of the Reformation.... the volume should have a wide ecumenical readership because it says so much about a neglected part of the Reformed tradition.

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

The breadth of material covered should make [Later Calvinism] a welcome addition to any library’s church history collection.

—The Mennonite Quarterly Review

You may also like…