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Description - Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K. A. Smith

Who would have guessed that something as austere as Calvinism would become a hot topic in today's postmodern culture? At the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, new generations have discovered and embraced a "New Calvinism," finding in the Reformed tradition a rich theological vision. In fact, Time cited New Calvinism as one of "10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now." This book provides pastoral and theological counsel, inviting converts to this tradition to find in Calvin a vision that's even bigger than the New Calvinism might suggest. Offering wisdom at the intersection of theology and culture, noted Reformed philosopher James K. A. Smith also provides pastoral caution about pride and maturity. The creative letter format invites young Calvinists into a faithful conversation that reaches back to Paul and Augustine, through Calvin and Edwards, extending to Kuyper and Wolterstorff. Together they sketch a comprehensive vision of Calvinism that is generous, winsome, and imaginative.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781587432941
ISBN-10: 1587432943
Format: Paperback
(170mm x 120mm x mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also serves in the department of congregational and ministry studies. He has been a visiting professor at Calvin Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fuller Seminary, and Regent College. He is the author or editor of many books, including the Christianity Today award-winning Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, as well as editor of the well-received Church and Postmodern Culture series (

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