Reformers & the Theology of the Reformation

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Weight 0.93 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 4.1 cm
binding

Cloth-bound

format

Book

page-count

628

isbn

9780851510132

Original Pub Date

1862

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1967

Book Description

William Cunningham was one of the remarkable galaxy of theologians who graced the Faculty of New College, Edinburgh in the early years, where he served as Professor of Church History, and, from 1847, as Principal. A scholar of profound learning and acute judgment, Cunningham was also personally committed to knowing and following the truth, wherever it might lead him in this studies. Consequently his work is characterized by wide-ranging scholarship, by vigorous questioning and, supremely, by a sense of spiritual robustness rarely seen in modern theological writing.

He was too careful a student of the Reformation period merely to follow traditional Protestant interpretations. Here for example, he rejects the common readiness to blame Zwingli for the manner of his death on the battlefield of Cappel. On the other hand, he is not slow to offer critical comment of the Reformers or their teaching where he believes that is warranted. Thankfully, shortly before his death, Cunningham committed to James Buchanan and James Bannerman, his colleagues at New College, the manuscripts he had already prepared for the press. These included the essays published in this fine volume, some of which continue to be recognized as landmark studies in the theology of the Reformation. According to a contemporary, William Cunningham did not merely ‘lecture’ to his students; sometimes he ‘rampaged’. In his teaching, learning, earnestness and eloquence were welded together. The product, in this volume, is scholarship and spiritually of the noblest kind.

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1. THE LEADERS OF THE REFORMATION, 1
2. LUTHER, 64
 3. THE REFORMERS, AND THE DOCTRINE OF ASSURANCE, 111
 4. MELANCTHON, AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, 149
 5. ZWINGLE, AND THE DOCTRINE OF THE SACRAMENTS, 212
 6. JOHN CALVIN, 292
 7. CALVIN AND BEZA, 845
 8. CALVINISM AND ARMINIANISM, 418
 9. CALVINISM, AND THE DOCTRINE OF PHILOSOPHICAL NECESSITY, 471
 10. CALVINISM, AND ITS PRACTICAL APPLICATION, 626
 11. THE REFORMERS, AND THE LESSONS FROM THEIR HISTORY, 600

 

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  1. R C Ross

    William Cunningham had a towering intellect and a vast learning. His style is dense, forensic and demanding. His subjects tend to be esoteric and appear to be of little contemporary practical or spiritual interest. But this would be an erroneous assessment. One finishes an essay of Cunningham’s with a feeling of slight exhaustion – and that Cunningham has made every effort to exhaust his subject – but with principles absorbed that enrich the mind and the heart and better fit one to serve the Lord’s people.

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