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12. Accommodation and Incarnation: A Favourite Concept of Calvin in the Theology of Oepke Noordmans

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During the later part of the previous century there was a lot of talk in theological circles about "God-talk" in the sense of human talk about God. Even though the principle of accommodation is a recurring theme throughout the theology of Calvin, it has only recently become a focal point of theological research. In accordance with Calvin, Noordmans sees the suffering Servant as the climax of God's accommodation. Calvin sees accommodation as closely related to God's gracious condescension in revealing Himself. Calvin never uses the noun, accommodatio but prefers the verb, accommodare (or attemperare) that expresses the dynamic character of revelation. Jon Balserak agrees that Calvin considers the incarnation as "the center and culmination of divine salvation." In Calvin's "pastoral dogmatics" assurance of salvation is essential.

Keywords:Calvin; God-talk; God's accommodation; incarnation; Oepke Noordmans



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