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Developmentof Christian Thought

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JohnCalvin`s contributionto thedevelopmentof Christian thought

JohnCalvin gota chanceto giveProtestantism a newfaceotherthan whathadbeenprofessedby Martin Luther. In Geneva, Martin introducedtheprinciplesof orthodoxy.Theselawsgavenewmeaningto sainthood, salvationandthegraceof God1.Thesebecamethefoundingprinciplesof Protestantism by then.

Heintroduceda methodof governingthefaithby presentingpositionsin thechurch.Theleaderswereministers,teachersof thescripture,eldersanddeacons.Calvin developeda theologybased on theknowledgeof God andhumanbeingsthemselves.Theologianslike Augustine lateradoptedthisbelief.Unlike his predecessorwhowasgovernedby logicalexplanations,Calvin gaveChristianity thecourseof believingin thescripturesanddoingeverything accordingto thescriptures.ThetheologyheintroducedupheldBiblical evidenceAnglicanismas thevia media

CalvinismandCatholicism haddebatableissuesintroducedby Martin Luther. Calvinism becameestablishedin Geneva whileRoman hadtheCatholic Church. Anglican wasleftout. TheChurch of England wasan independentchurch.Itwasnot under theinfluenceof Calvinism orRoman Catholicism.2It is a mid-point between thetwo extremesbecauseits teachingsrely on therulesthat wererejectedby theCatholic Church. Theseare thethirty-nine contentiousissueson indulgence.

Ontheotherhand,thechurchupheldCatholic teachingon substantiationandjustificationby faithalone.In performingthemiddlerole,theteachingsof theAnglican Church rely on theologicalevidenceandinsight.3Thoughitstartedin England, ithas continuedto be one of themosttraditionalandneutralreligions.

ReferencesHughKerr, Readingsin Christian Thought(Abingdon Press: Nashville, 2010), 27-40

1 Hugh Kerr, Readings in Christian Thought (Abingdon Press: Nashville, 2010), 27-40 p. 28

2 Hugh, p.30

3 Hugh, p.32

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