"What is most important in the study of Calvin today is to reveal
what the Reformer himself actually said, in order that misconceptions
about his teaching may be cleared away. Therefore this work is
not a critical study of Calvin but an attempt to express his teaching
as copiously, fairly, and sympathetically as possible." This synopsis
is taken from the preface of Calvin's Doctrine of the Word
Ronald S. Wallace wrote this book after a thorough study of Calvin's
Commentaries, Institutes, Sermons, and Tracts. He draws material
from these different resources in pulling together the essence
of Calvin's perspective rather than taking a piecemeal approach
to isolated biblical topics with a Calvin twist.
The first eight chapters focus on the authority and revelation
of Scripture. Wallace tackles the unity and uniqueness of revelation
as well as the nature of revelation under the Old and New Covenants.
Chapters 8 and 9 focus on ministry as the interpretation of Scripture
and man's openness to its revelation. The remaining eight chapters
of the text identify Baptism and the Lord's Supper as the sacraments
of the Church and discuss the significance of these sacraments.
Calvin's Doctrine of The Word and Sacrament would be
a valuable tool for any individual who wishes to better understand
Calvinism, who is studying the Reformation and the key figures
of this era, or who is comparing various views of Scripture and
the sacraments. This book would also serve as a strong doctrinal
basis for parents wishing to train their children in the teachings
Due to the level of the vocabulary used and the seriousness of
the subject matter, Calvin's Doctrine of The Word and Sacrament would
be most appropriate for high school students and adults.