Antoine de Chandieu

The Silver Horn of Geneva's Reformed Triumvirate

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Theodore G. Van Raalte
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , September
     2018.
     376 pages.
     $99.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780190882181.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jon Balserak forthcoming.

Description

Offering the first study in any language dedicated to the influential publications of the French Reformed theologian Antoine de Chandieu (1534-1591), Theodore Van Raalte begins by recalling Chandieu's reputation as it stood at the death of Theodore Beza in 1605. Poets in Geneva mourned the end of an era of star theologians, reminiscing about Geneva's Reformed triumvirate of gold, silver, and bronze: gold represented Calvin; silver Chandieu; and bronze Beza. Van Raalte's work sets Chandieu within the context of Reformed theology in Geneva, the wider history of scholastic method in the Swiss cantons, and the gripping social and political milieux of this tumultuous time. Chandieu was far from a mere ivory tower theologian: as a member of French nobility in possession of many estates and castles in France, he and his family acutely experienced the misery and triumph of the French Huguenots during the Wars of Religion. Connected to royalty from the beginning of his career, Chandieu later served the future Henry IV as personal military chaplain and cryptographer. His writings run the gamut from religious poetry (put to music by others in his lifetime) to carefully-crafted disputations which saw publication in his posthumous Opera Theologica in five editions between 1592 and 1620. Chandieu had developed a very elaborate form of the medieval quaestio disputata and made liberal use of hypothetical syllogisms. Van Raalte argues that Chandieu utilized scholastic method in theology for the sake of clarity of argument, rootedness in Scripture, and certainty of faith.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Theodore G. Van Raalte is Professor of Ecclesiology at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, ON, having earned his Ph.D. in historical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in 2013. His areas of research and publication include not only Antoine de Chandieu, but also Guillaume Farel, the Reformation in the Swiss Cantons, the French Reformed Churches, and certain pseudonymous works of the period.

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