The Bolsec Controversy on Predestination from 1551 to 1555
The Statements of Jerome Bolsec, and the Responses of John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and Other Reformed Theologians Book One
This study examines the tensions in Reformed communities in the most crucial years in the development of the Reformed doctrine of predestination.
Book 1: Introduction and Parts One and Two: Theological Currents, the Setting and Mood, and the Trial Itself
Book 2: Parts Three through Six; Bibliography and Indexes
"Thanks to Professor Holtrop's publication. . . we now know a great deal more about Bolsec, and the setting in which this controversy was carried out. . . . His work is painstaking, thorough to a fault; no wonder it took him two decades to accomplish. Much of his time was taken up with translations of works in French and Latin not translated before. . . . Holtrop is no mere dispassionate theologian or historian. One can sense what a painful experience it was for him to discover this 'dark side' of Calvin, and how he tried to avert his gaze from what, with sickening inevitability, his hundreds of documents were compelling him to acknowledge. Thus, his final pages -- an Appendix, which appeared in an abbreviated form in an earlier Reformed Journal -- takes on great meaning, and represents the hard-won wisdom of his work. Through careful exegetical and linguistic analysis of key scriptural words, he contends that truth is ultimately a matter of troth, of covenant, of relationships. . . . Holtrop has placed the whole world of Reformed scholarship (indeed the whole Christian community, as was said so well at the reception launching the work) in his debt by his careful, painstaking, laborious effort." - Fides et Historia
ISBN10: 0-7734-9248-8 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-9248-6