Christ's Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism (Google eBook)
A synthetic history of Calvinism. It tells the story of the Reformed tradition from its birth in the cities of Switzerland to the unravelling of orthodoxy amid the new intellectual currents of the 17th century. As befits a pan-European movement, Philip Benedict's canvas stretches from the British Isles to Eastern Europe. The course and causes of Calvinism's remarkable expansion, the inner workings of the diverse national churches, and the theological debates that shaped Reformed doctrine all receive attention. The English Reformation is situated within the history of continental Protestantism in a way that is designed to reveal the international significance of English developments. An examination of Calvinist worship, piety and discipline permits an assessment of the classic theories linking Calvinism to capitalism and democracy. Benedict aims to paint a vivid picture of the greatest early spokesmen of the cause, Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin, and to restore many lesser-known figures to their rightful place. His work offers a model of how to think about the history and significance of religious change across the long Reformation era.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I just started this book and have only gotten as far as the introduction, but clearly this is a scholarly work. The fact that the author Philip Benedict, a Brown University professor, is not a Christian adds to its uniqueness. It's put out by Yale Press.
Review: Christ's Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of CalvinismUser Review - Goodreads
This book contains a very detailed look at Calivinism in Europe from the 1500s to 1700, my only problem with it is that it doesn't really address the nature of the church in the American colonies.