Fifth Latin Doctor of the Church?
Calvin aspired to construct a presentation of Christian doctrine of a scope and catholicity comparable to that of the great early doctors of the Western church, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory. He largely succeeded in doing so. Two enduring concerns shaped his thought: (1) to demonstrate his commitment to the Chalcedonian Christology, after his first writings inadvertently gave those hostile to him a basis for accusing him of errors concerning the doctrine of the Trinity; and (2) to demonstrate that the vision of Christianity that he defended did not entail a radical challenge to the social and political order like that of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster, which shocked all of Europe just at the moment when he first began to elaborate his theology.
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