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Calvin, calvinism, and medieval thought

ContributorsZahnd, Ueliorcid
Published inThe Oxford handbook of Calvin and calvinism, Editors Gordon, Bruce & Trueman, Carl, p. 26-42
PublisherOxford : Oxford University Press
Publication date2021

This chapter deals with the possible role of medieval scholasticism in early Reformed the­ology and aims at re-evaluating the triangle of medieval, Reformation, and post-Reforma­tion thought. First, the chapter briefly reviews the question of medieval thought in Calvin's theology, it discusses then the role of medieval scholasticism in the emergence of Reformed scholasticism, and it finally focuses on three exemplary cases of post-Reforma­tion theologians and their attitude towards medieval thought: Antoine de Chandieu, Lam­bert Daneau, and Polanus of Polansdorf. In doing so, the chapter both extends and quali­fies the ‘positive continuity view' prevalent in recent research: on the one hand, on the level of explicit references, it points to the apparent discontinuity in the expressed atti­tude towards medieval thought between the first few and the later generations of Re­formed theologians. On the other, it argues that on the level of implicit allusions and methodological imitations the doctrinal and methodical continuities between Calvin and later ‘Calvinists' can be extended to continuities between late medieval and early Re­formed theology.

  • Calvin
  • Calvinism
  • Medieval thought
  • Continuity
  • Scholasticism
  • Antoine de Chandieu
  • Lambert Daneau
  • Polanus of Polansdorf
Research group
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - 192703
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ZAHND, Ueli. Calvin, calvinism, and medieval thought. In: The Oxford handbook of Calvin and calvinism. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2021. p. 26–42. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198728818.013.4
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