Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Calvin’s Reception and Reformulation of the Necessitarian Concepts of the Early Reformation on Human Will, Providence, and Predestination

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

John Calvin's reception of the necessitarian concepts of the early Reformation in his defense of Martin Luther's early Reformation doctrine of the bondage of human will had a significant and complex impact on his reformulation of the human will, providence, and predestination. One of the most important modifications Calvin makes in his reformulation of Luther's view is that he does not limit the scope of the active concept of God's sovereign will in a post-fall framework, but he repeatedly applies it also to the fall of Adam. This constitutes a major discontinuity between Luther and Calvin. As a whole, Calvin does provide a more nuanced formulation that distinguishes the necessity caused by inward corruption and that caused by divine sovereignty, and gives more explicit affirmation to the natural freedom and contingency of secondary causality in his reformulation than Luther does.

Keywords: divine providence; divine sovereignty; doctrine of predestination; human will; John Calvin's reception; Martin Luther's early reformation; necessitarian concepts



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation