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dc.contributor.advisorHolmes, Stephen R.
dc.contributor.advisorWebster, John B. (John Bainbridge)
dc.contributor.advisorDavidson, Ivor J.
dc.contributor.authorMcCray, Alden C.
dc.coverage.spatialvii, 171 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractFrom at least the middle of the nineteenth century much scholarship on Calvin’s theology has taken the apparent omission of a locus on the divine attributes in his Institutio as evidence that he did not teach a doctrine of God’s essence and attributes, and so instantiated a significant rupture with patristic and medieval theology. Others have claimed that Calvin imported a nominalist or ‘Scotist’ metaphysics of God into Protestantism. This thesis challenges such accounts. Throughout his exegetical works Calvin assumes a classical account of God’s perfections; he regards this account to be both biblically warranted and necessary for metaphysically responsible interpretations of divine revelation. Calvin affirms a series of materially traditional commitments concerning divine attributes in accordance with his own particular theological purposes – chiefly, the scriptural exposition of the nature of God so as to build up trust, hope, and confidence in God as origin, cause, and end of all things. The thesis surveys Calvin’s specific theological, exegetical, and pastoral arguments on a range of incommunicable and communicable perfections, from simplicity and aseity to mercy and grace. It offers a portrait of Calvin as a particular sort of biblical theologian, one for whom divine metaphysics and scriptural exegesis are inseparable modes of Christian reasoning, the conclusions of which are themselves intrinsically generative of Christian piety.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"his work was supported in part by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies and the Mylne Trust." -- Fundingen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectReformed theologyen_US
dc.subjectDivine attributesen_US
dc.subjectDoctrine of Goden_US
dc.subjectBiblical interpretationen_US
dc.subject.lcshCalvin, Jean, 1509-1564--Theologyen
dc.title‘A Dei natura’ : a re-examination of Calvin’s doctrine of the divine attributes with particular reference to his exegetical worksen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorH.H. Meeter Center for Calvin Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorMylne Trusten_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 5th March 2025en

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