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Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ

J. Todd Billings


Is the God of Calvin a fountain of blessing, or a forceful tyrant? Is Calvin's view of God coercive, leaving no place for the human qua human in redemption? These are perennial questions about Calvin's theology which have been given new life by Gift theologians such as John Milbank, Graham Ward, and Stephen Webb. This book addresses these questions by exploring Calvin's theology of ‘participation in Christ’. It argues that Calvin's theology of ‘participation’ gives a positive place to the human, such that grace fulfils rather than destroys nature, affirming a differentiated union of God and hu ... More

Keywords: God, Calvin theology, Gift theology, John Milbank, Graham Ward, Stephen Webb, participation in Christ, Trinitarian theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199211876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Todd Billings, author
Assistant Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary
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