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April 27, 2014


Jason Goroncy

Jim, I'm not sure if you've read de Gruchy's little book on Calvin, but I think you'd like it very much.

It's been long overdue for me, but I'm near-finished reading Bruce Gordon's wonderful biography on Calvin. I remember seeing it on your 'Currently reading' list a few years ago. What did you make of it? I'll be recommending it, along with the Partee volume, to my class on Calvin.

Jim Gordon

Hi Jason - I think Gordon's biography is the best available just now. McGrath is less theological but good for contextual background; Bouwsma is flawed by tendentious psychological interpretations, though fascinating and I think at times enlightening. Partee is the best book on Calvin's theology I've read, and along with Gordon the two standout volumes for interest and reliability. I think the Selderhuis Calvin Handbook is another fine resource as is the Cambridge Companion. But the Calvin industry works at a high production level.

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