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14. Calvin Studies in North America

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Prior to World War II serious, academic Calvin studies in North America were almost non-existent. Only six significant books about Calvin were written by Americans during this period. In the 1950s a few important Calvin studies appeared. An impetus to Calvin studies in the English-speaking world was the new translation of the Institutes by Ford Lewis Battles and edited by John T. McNeill in 1960. Two developments in Calvin studies in the post-war period are the number of Roman Catholic contributors and the large number of women Calvin scholars. Several Catholic theologians showed an interest in Calvin's Eucharistic theology. The number of women Calvin scholars has grown greatly since the mid-1980s. Marilynne Robinson has read widely in Calvin and is now regarded as a Calvin scholar. Robinson, a novelist, has done more to promote an interest in Calvin and his theology in the English-speaking world in the last eleven years.

Keywords:Catholic theologians; Ford Lewis Battles; John Calvin; Marilynne Robinson; North America; women Calvin scholars



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