The Distinctive Theological Perspective of John Calvin

This postgraduate unit gives the opportunity for a rigorous and sustained study of the doctrines that were articulated as a result of Calvin’s theology in the 16th century. It introduces the antecedents of Calvin’s theology and its developments up to the present.

It examines the background of Church Reformation in the 16th century, the central doctrines, and more specifically predestination and the sovereignty of God. It will also develop the student’s ability to apply insights from the course to Christian life and discipleship.

Study Level




Sub Discipline

Systematic Theology

Credit Points



9 credit points from 8500 series units in Theology.



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Elucidate a comprehensive knowledge of the social and historical context in which Calvin’s theology emerged as an identifiable theological tradition.
  2. Analyse and evaluate significant themes in Calvin’s theology, e.g. soteriology, ecclesiology, pneumatology.
  3. Analyse the impact of Calvin’s thought on the development of Reformed theology.
  4. Critically evaluate primary source materials for the study of Calvin’s thought.
  5. Creatively apply Calvin’s insights to Christian life and discipleship.
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