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At a time when ambiguity surrounds marriage, gender, and sexuality, this exceedingly useful volume from a leading historian (Kingdon) and one of the great legal scholars of our generation (Witte) is a real gift. Their detailed book is a boon for historians. It offers carefully edited documents illustrating the top-to-bottom reformation of family life that John Calvin undertook in Geneva.

But it is much more than just history. Calvin lived during an age of sexual chaos almost as disorderly as our own. In response, he sought to ground consideration of family and sexuality on theological foundations, especially the rich biblical view of marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman in which the covenant-keeping God is always a third party. To this foundation he added considerations of natural law, a surprising quantity of humane sentiment, and a hard head for utilitarian effects. The result was a profoundly Christian orientation toward family life that became influential in many lands.

With their excellent work the authors also offer hope to others who, in altered circumstances, would cash out the riches of Scripture in the marketplace of contemporary culture.



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Sex, Marriage, and Family Life in John Calvin's Geneva, Volume I is available from Christianbook.com and other book retailers.

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