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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009$
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Irena Backus and Philip Benedict

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.001.0001

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The Dutch Enlightenment and the Distant Calvin

The Dutch Enlightenment and the Distant Calvin

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(p.202) 10 The Dutch Enlightenment and the Distant Calvin
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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009
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Ernestine van der Wall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.003.0011

Calvin was practically absent from Dutch theology of the eighteenth century. Even those Reformed theologians who defended old orthodoxies tended to define their thought in relation to the Synod of Dort while scarcely invoking Calvin. Those who embraced toleration or a Protestant Enlightenment moved yet farther away from his ideas while often condemning him for the intolerance he showed Michael Servetus. The shift from polite indifference to the reformer to the active appropriation of Calvin for the theological ends of Dutch neo-Calvinism came between 1830 and 1900.

Keywords:   Calvin, The Enlightenment, Holland, liberal Protestantism, Synod of Dort, Cocceianism, Dutch neo-Calvinism, Michael Servetus

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