The Columbia Series in Reformed Theology represents a joint commitment by Columbia Theological Seminary and Westminster John Knox Press to provide theological resources from the Reformed tradition for the church today. Volumes in this series are intended for scholars, theologians, pastors, and lay people who are committed to faith in search of understanding.
Serene Jones takes a fresh look at the Institutes of the Christian Religion as she draws a compelling portrait of Calvin as a Christian teacher engaged in the classical art of rhetoric. According to Jones, this art was used knowingly and skillfully by Calvin to persuade rhetorical reading of the first three chapters of Calvin's Institutes. What emerges is a truly original interpretation of Calvin as a theologian concerned to craft Christian character and piety. Jones thereby places Calvin's theology on the growing edge of contemporary discussions of the uses of doctrine in Christian community.
"Serene Jones gives us the best of both worlds: solid grounding in traditional scholarship and respect for Calvin as a theologian on the one hand and rhetorical analysis that gives us a genuinely fresh reading of the Institutes on the other. It is good to have someone remind us so well of just how exciting Calvin is to read."---William Placher, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana