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Sola Dei Gloria

The Glory of God in the Thought of John Calvin

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Billy Kristanto

The study examines the understanding of the glory of God in the thought of John Calvin. The examination is carried out from the historical observation in the first part and the systematic evaluation in the second part. The author describes the development of the concept of gloria Dei in Calvin’s Institutes as well as its significant role as a counterpart to the major Christian doctrines. Following a survey of the historical background, the presence of gloria Dei in the first, second, and last editions of the Institutes is discussed. In the systematic part, the concept of gloria Dei is analyzed in the context of its dynamic presence throughout the central doctrines such as the doctrine of creation, anthropology, Christology, soteriology, eschatology, and ecclesiology. The systematic evaluation shows that gloria Dei is one of the loudest cantus firmi in Calvin’s theological composition.

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Preface ........................................................................................................... 9 Introduction ................................................................................................... 13 1. Prelude....................................................................................................... 13 2. Research Report ........................................................................................ 14 3. Methods and Expected Result ................................................................... 18 Part I: Gloria Die in Calvin’s Institutes of 1536, 1539, and 1559 ................. 23 1.1. Gloria Dei: A Cantus Firmus ................................................................. 23 1.1.1. Historical Background................................................................ 23 1.1.2. Theophilus of Antioch ............................................................... 24 1.1.3. Augustine ................................................................................... 27 1.1.4. Thomas Aquinas ......................................................................... 30 1.1.5. Martin Luther ............................................................................. 34 1.2. Gloria Dei in the Institutes of 1536 ....................................................... 37 1.2.1. Knowledge of God and of Ourselves ......................................... 38 1.2.2. The Law...................................................................................... 39 1.2.3. Christ .......................................................................................... 40 1.2.4. The Holy Spirit ........................................................................... 41 1.2.5. The Doctrine of Salvation .......................................................... 42 1.2.6. On Prayer.................................................................................... 43 1.2.7. The Church ................................................................................. 46 1.3. Gloria Dei in the Institutes of 1541 French Edition .............................. 49 1.3.1. Knowledge of God ..................................................................... 49 1.3.2. Knowledge of Self ...................................................................... 51 1.3.3. The Doctrine of Salvation .......................................................... 54 1.3.4. On Prayer..................................................................................... 61 1.3.5. The Doctrine of the Last Things................................................. 62 1.3.6. On Christian Life......................................................................... 63 1.4. Gloria Dei in the Institutes of 1559........................................................ 65 1.4.1. Theology of Creation.................................................................. 66 1.4.2. Knowledge of Self ...................................................................... 68 1.4.3. Christ .......................................................................................... 70 1.4.4. The Holy Spirit ........................................................................... 74 12 1.4.5. The Order of Salvation ............................................................... 74 1.4.6. The Church ................................................................................. 81 1.4.7. The Last Things .......................................................................... 84 Part II: Systematic Evaluation of Calvin’s thought on the reality of Gloria Die.................................................................................................................. 87 2.1. Knowledge of God ................................................................................ 87 2.2. The Doctrine of Creation ....................................................................... 89 Excursion 1: God’s Essence and God’s Works: A Comparison with Gregory Palamas.................................................................................... 96 Excursion 2: Knowledge of God and Natural Lights: A Comparison with Thomas Aquinas ............................................................................ 99 2.3. Knowledge of Self ................................................................................. 103 2.4. God the Redeemer.................................................................................. 108 2.4.1....

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