Calvin, the Body & Sexuality

Calvin, the Body & Sexuality : An Inquiry into His Anthropology

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Addressing John Calvin s perspective of the human form as expressed in his writings and sermons, this book places Calvin in the context of his education and culture, documenting his metaphorical approach to the body as the prison of the soul. Contemporaneous medical theories are explained, and Calvin's own bodily health is discussed along with his attitude toward death, dying, and burial. Examining his teaching on the image of God in humankind with respect to both genders chapters delve into Calvin s opinions on marriage, childbirth, sexuality, nakedness, and shame. For the present day, this study reveals surprising as well as disappointing views that the influential theologian held, culminating with a comprehensive appraisal of this historical personality."
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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 235 x 155 x 25.4mm | 484g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9086595871
  • 9789086595877
  • 2,232,236

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"Alida Sewell's work makes a strong contribution to the knowledge of Calvin's view of the human body, and I am impressed at the amount of research that has gone into this project. The chapters on marriage, sexuality, and gender are particularly well-written and well-developed." Karin Maag, director, H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin College"
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About Alida Sewell

Alida Leni Sewell holds a Master of Theology with high distinction from Trinity Bible College and Seminary and a PhD from VU University in Amsterdam. She lives in Sioux Center, Iowa.
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