From the leading Scholar on the Reformed theological tradition comes a critical analysis of the soteriological continuity between Calvin, his precursors, and the post-reformation Reformed theologians.
The degree to which 'Calvinists' stood in strict line with Calvin is an exceptionally complicated issue. Richard Muller's stance is, and has been for many years, that the tradition that followed Calvin's seminal work is both congruent and disparate from that of its iconic figure.But in which ways is it similar? And in what regards does it differ?
Salvation and sovereignty are too central concerns of the Reformed tradition, and it is these interrelated subject s that Calvin and the Reformed Tradition chiefly explore. Richard Muller notes the specifics of the tradition, discusses the various-and at times surprisingly varied ways-in which Reformed thinkers before (Theodore Beza, Peter Martyr Vermigli) and after (Perkins, Polanus, Ames, etc.) Calvin understood salvation, predestination, and God's sovereignty. With Calvin as the center point, Muller examines the way the discussion unfolded historically and with attention to specific questions such as Limited Atonement, the Ordo Salutis, and 'union with Christ'.