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John Calvin's Ideas$
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Paul Helm

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199255696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199255695.001.0001

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Equity, Natural Law, and Common Grace

Equity, Natural Law, and Common Grace

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John Calvin's Ideas

Paul Helm

Oxford University Press

Takes up again the question of our natural knowledge of God. Is there for Calvin a natural knowledge of God's law? Was Calvin a Divine Command Theorist in ethics? It is argued that he was not, except in possibly a rather secondary sense, but that he broadly followed the contours of the mediaeval natural law outlook. However he is less sanguine than, say, Aquinas, on how much natural law delivers without the help that Scripture gives. It is argued that there is no incompatibility between what he says on natural law and equity and his emphasis on 'common grace'.

Keywords:   common grace, Decalogue, Divine Command Theory, equity, natural law

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