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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Johannes Calvyn (1509-1564) se mensbeskouing : 'n Christelik-filosofiese waardering : navorsings- en oorsigartikels

Volume 49, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751

Abstract

Hierdie studie word aangebied ter herdenking van die geboorte van die hervormer, Johannes Calvyn, 500 jaar gelede (1509). Dit handel oor 'n belangrike aspek van sy denke, naamlik sy mensbeskouing volgens die finale uitgawe van sy Institusie (1559). Ter inleiding word iets vermeld van die voortgesette belangstelling in en relevansie van hierdie denker - ook in Suid-Afrika ; 'n meer gebalanseerde evaluering van sy denke word voorgestel; die metode wat daarby gevolg word, word verduidelik. Daarna word die volgende fasette van Calvyn se antropologie bespreek : (1) die religieuse karakter van menswees; (2) sy onderskeid tussen siel en liggaam; (3) sy standpunt oor die onsterflikheid van die siel; (4) sy visie op die mens as beeld van God; (5) sy onderskeid tussen natuurlike en bonatuurlike gawes. Die slotgedeelte bevat 'n opsommende evaluering asook 'n les vir vandag.


This investigation is focused on an important aspect of Calvin's teachings, viz. his anthropology according to the final edition of his main systematic work, his Institutes (1559).
This contribution (to commemorate his birthday 500 years ago) is developed through the following main sections: The introduction briefly indicates the contemporary interest and continued relevance of Calvin - also for South Africans - even half a millennium after his birth. It further indicates the need to reflect anew on Calvin's anthropology. Then it draws attention to the fact that Calvin's intention was to be obedient to God and his Word alone (the religious direction of his thought), but that he did not always succeed in applying this intention in his structural analysis of the human being. He often employed pre-Christian philosophical ideas to explain his view of being human. Two different "lines" can therefore be detected in his anthropology. Lastly, the introduction explains the problem-historical method according to which Calvin's view of the human being will be analysed.

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2019-08-22

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