From the Editor. In this issue we continue to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth. Professor Richard Gaffin explores the structure of Calvin's soteriology in the Institutes in an article that was first presented on May 27, 2009 at the Pre-Assembly Conference of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Richard Gamble reviews an important new book on Calvin's doctrine of the state. Darryl Hart contrasts two recent books in terms of their views of Calvinists and in light of the recent resurgence reported in Time magazine. What part might the OPC and Westminster Theological Seminary be playing in this revival? Finally, I review a fine new biography of Calvin by Robert Godfrey.
I should point out that while some of the books that I choose to review in OS online are well known to readers, we simply do not have resources to review all that find their way to my desk. So, I have to be selective and will focus on less familiar books. I am always interested in your suggestions and even unsolicited reviews.
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Blessings in the Lamb,
Gregory Edward Reynolds
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