Sober, Strict, and Scriptural: Collective Memories of John Calvin, 1800-2000

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Calvinism’s influence and reputation have received ample scholarly attention. But how John Calvin himself – his person, character, and deeds – was remembered, commemorated, and memorialized, is a question few historians have addressed. Focussing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this volume aims to open up the subject with chapters on Calvin’s monumentalization in statues and museums, his appearance in novels, children’s books, and travel writing, his iconic function for Hungarian nationalists and Presbyterian missionaries to China, his reputation among Mormons and freethinkers, and his rivalry with Michael Servetus in French Protestant memory. The result is a fresh contribution to the field of religious memory studies and an invitation to further comparative research.

Contributors include: R. Bryan Bademan, Patrick Cabanel, R. Scott Clark, Thomas J. Davis, Stephen S. Francis, Joe B. Fulton, Botond Gaál, Stefan Laube, Johan de Niet, Herman Paul, James Rigney, Michèle Sacquin, Jonathan Seitz, Robert Vosloo, Bart Wallet, and Valentine Zuber.
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Biographical Note

Johan de Niet, Ph.D. (2006), studied History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His Ph.D. dissertation deals with the the history of the pastoral market in the Netherlands. He published on Dutch cultural and religious history and collective memory.

Herman Paul, Ph.D. (2006), is Assistant Professor of Historical Theory at Leiden University and a research fellow in modern intellectual history at the University of Groningen. His research interests include historiography, philosophy of history, religious history, and memory studies.

Bart Wallet, MA, studied history and Hebrew at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in Jewish and religious history. Presently finishing his Ph.D. thesis on early modern Yiddish historiography, he lectures in Jewish history at the Catholic University Leuven.

Review Quotes

" Sober, Strict, and Scriptural is an important collection of essays which should be of interest to scholars across the spectrum of religious, cultural and historical studies."
John W. de Gruchy, University of Cape Town. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 62, No. 1 (2011), pp. 192-193.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Calvin, History, and Memory, Herman Paul and Bart Wallet

1. Calvin’s Image in Catholic France during the Nineteenth Century, Michèle Sacquin
2. French Protestants and the Legacy of John Calvin: Reformer and Legislator, Patrick Cabanel
3. Issus de Calvin: Collective Memories of John Calvin in Dutch Neo-Calvinism, Herman Paul and Johan de Niet
4. “Calvin’s Truth” And “Hungarian Religion”: Remembering a Reformer, Botond Gaál
5. Calvin in Germany: A Marginalized Memory, Stefan Laube
6. Servetus vs. Calvin: A Battle of Monuments during the Secularization of the French Third Republic, Valentine Zuber
7. Calvin in Missionary Memory and Chinese Protestant Identity, Jonathan Seitz
8. Calvin and Anti-Apartheid Memory in the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches in South Africa, Robert Vosloo
9. Calvin: A Negative Boundary Marker in American Lutheran Self-Identity, 1871-1934, R. Scott Clark
10. “The Republican Reformer”: John Calvin and the American Calvinists, 1830-1910, R. Bryan Bademan
11. The Image of Calvin within Mormonism, Stephen S. Francis
12. Shadow on the Alps: John Calvin and English Travellers in Geneva, James Rigney
13. “The French Barber”: Calvin as a Source of Burlesque in Mark Twain, Joe B. Fulton
14. The Death of Adam, the Resurrection of Calvin: Marilynne Robinson’s Alternative to an American Ideograph, Thomas J. Davis

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Readership

All those interested in intellectual history, collective memory studies, John Calvin, and modern interpretations of the Reformation, as well as theologians and church historians.

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