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Calvin on God's Attributes

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Meeter Center
  • FREE

Join us in the Meeter Center (fourth floor of Hekman Library) for a free public lecture by Alden McCray, a Meeter Center Visiting Fellow: "He reasons from the nature of God": Reassessing Calvin on the Divine Attributes


For much of the twentieth century, the alleged absence of the divine attributes from Calvin's theology was used to underscore the supposed disjunction between Calvin and his theological forebears and successors, as well as to critique the doctrine of the divine attributes as incompatible with good biblically-based theology. However, building on renewed attention to Calvin in this area, I will demonstrate that Calvin held to a very traditional account of the divine attributes, believed that they were revealed in scripture, and that they had a significant pastoral function in his account of being human as knowing and mirroring the divine nature.


Alden McCray, Ph.D. student at University of St. Andrews, holds a 2017 Meeter Center Student Fellowship. His research focuses in reformed systematic and historical theology, and also extends to the areas of patristic Trinitarianism, the doctrine of scripture and history of hermeneutics, epistemology, philosophy of ministry, and the history of ideas.


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Meeter Center, fourth floor of Hekman Library

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