n In die Skriflig - Calvin and the spiritual trends of his time : the uniqueness of the sixteenth-century protestant Reformation

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853


This article is of an exploratory nature, and it will try to answer the difficult question as to who Calvin really was - a man born 500 years ago who disliked self-disclosure. The main question to be investigated is which spiritual trends influenced Calvin's thinking. To arrive at an answer to this important question in Calvin research, the following steps will be taken. Firstly, a few misconceptions about who Calvin was will be argued. Secondly, attention is asked for the problems encountered in this kind of research. Thirdly, an overview of the different spiritual currents forming the backdrop of the sixteenth-century Reformation will be given. This will inter alia reveal the unique character of Calvin's own reformational endeavours. The last (fourth) section will summarise the results regarding the complex and decisive times in which Calvin lived and worked, and also indicate the uniqueness of the reformational endeavour of the sixteenth century.

Hierdie oorsigtelik-verkennende artikel probeer die vraag beantwoord wie Calvyn werklik was - hy is reeds 500 jaar gelede gebore en het nie daarvan gehou om oor homself te skryf nie. Die hoofvraag is watter geestestromings sy denkontwikkeling beïnvloed het. Om 'n antwoord op hierdie fundamentele dog moeilike vraag in Calvynnavorsing te bied, sal die volgende stappe gevolg word. Eerstens word 'n paar mites oor wie Calvyn was, bespreek. Tweedens word die aandag gevra vir enkele probleme aan hierdie soort navorsing verbonde. Derdens word op die verskeidenheid geestestromings gelet wat die agtergrond of décor van die sestiende-eeuse Reformasie vorm. Die vierde gedeelte bevat 'n samevatting van navorsing oor hierdie komplekse dog beslissende epog en toon ten slotte aan wat die unieke van die reformatoriese beweging van die sestiende eeu was.

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