Office Hours: Darryl Hart On The Global History Of Calvinism

Office HoursThis past summer Yale University Press released Darryl Hart’s Calvinism: A History. Darryl is Adjunct Professor of Church History at WSC, where he served as Academic Dean from 2000–03. He is Visiting Professor of History at Hillsdale College. This is a significant book. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim writes “Calvinism covers its imposingly diverse subject with scholarly precision and the kind of charity and balance one hopes for in any historian. […] In Calvinism, Mr. Hart skilfully combines political and institutional history, on the one hand, and theological developments and the ‘history of ideas,’ on the other.” In this episode Darryl and I discuss the spread of the Reformed faith across Europe, the British Isles, and into the New World. Why was Reformed Christianity so attractive and to repellent to so many? What are the connections between Calvinism, Modernity, and Democracy?

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. Hey, I listened to this one yesterday, and was struck that Hart mentioned that the early reformers pretty unanimously advocated exclusive psalmody. Yet I am not aware that DGH is an exclusivist himself, do you know whether/why not?

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