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The significance of Calvin' s anthropology for preaching on ethical themes

L. O.K. Lategan
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 54, No 1/2 | a1392 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v54i1/2.1392 | © 1998 L. O.K. Lategan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1998 | Published: 12 December 1998

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L. O.K. Lategan, Executive assistant of the Vice-chancellor, Technikon Free State, South Africa

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In this article the author highlights Calvin's anthropology. A main feature of this anthropology is his dualistic view on man. Calvin was very much influenced by the ancient Greek philosophy, which argued that man had two parts: a superior soul and an inferior body. The author argues that this perception is at odds with a Biblical image of man. According to the Bible no part of man is inferior or superior to any other part of his personhood. The article indicates that a Biblical perspective on anthropology will draw different conclusions in ethics compared to a dualistic perception of the nature of man. A correct appreciation of the anthropology of man is therefore needed to guide decisions in ethics, where the focus is constantly anthropological.


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