Calvin’s Vision and Legacy for Missions

Drs. Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson Sr. join us to speak about John Calvin and Calvinism’s legacy in missions. Their book To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy explores John Calvin’s theology concerning missions, the history of his involvement in foreign missions, and the influence of other Calvinistic missionaries of later times.

Dr. Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He received his Th.D. in Church History from Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto and has written several books.

Dr. Robinson is adjunct Professor of Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, editor for The Gospel Coalition, and a senior fellow at the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He received his PhD at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has contributed to the forthcoming volume from Crossway, One God in Three Persons.

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5 years ago

Thank you guys for putting this on. It is important that we never assume that people know what we mean when we say that God is sovereign and that we don’t forget His position in all that is made. https://politicalphilosophynow.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/distinctions-between-gods-sovereignty-and-national-sovereignty/

Benjamin L. Smith

5 years ago

Dear Friends,

I listened to the first half of the this podcast this morning—very interesting. However a correction is in order. The Summa Theologiae does not begin with the demonstration of God’s existence, ST I.2.3. This ends up being the 13th article of the text. For some reason every skips ST, question I, articles 1-10. If one reads these passages carefully, including the objections and replies, you will get a somewhat deeper understanding of Thomas’s project. Failure to do so creates the impression that Thomas bases theology on metaphysics. He does not. He explicitly argues that theology is based on the Bible and that the primary and proper form of argument employed by a theologian is the authority of scripture. In addition he says that the theologian, for pedagogical and pastoral reasons, may employ the arguments of philosophers in order to defend the faith, clarify, and strengthen the faith. But it is very clear that Thomas sees this as subordinate to scripture. Check it out for yourself.

Best regards,

Benjamin L. Smith



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