In this study, Calvin 's famous sermon on eternal election of 1551 is discussed and compared to his treatment of the doctrine in his Institutes,
1559. This is a necessary study, never undertaken before, of the correlation between Calvin's pastoral treatment of the Biblical doctrine of
predestination and his more didactic-apologetic approach in the Institutes.
Here the main argument in the sermon is summarised and, at
every point, the corresponding passage in the Institutes is also discussed and the difference in approach and argument evaluated. In this way a more complete knowledge of Calvin's understanding of this doctrine is gained. To assist the reader, the text of the sermon of 1551 is also published.
The final conclusion is that the sermon is a valuable addition to
the Institutes. Without it, Calvin's pastoral treatment of the doctrine is
ignored when evaluating his exposition on eternal election.
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