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Title: Lex Dei regula vivendi et vivificandi : Calvin's Christological understanding of the law in the light of his concept of Christus Mediator Legis
Author: Moon, Byung-Ho
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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I seek to investigate the truth, scope, and validity of Calvin’s Christological understanding of the law from the perspective of his concept of Christus mediator legis, which is illustrated most lucidly in his commentary and sermon on Galatians 3:19. My thesis is based on this argument: while Lutherans, sustaining their confessional principle lex semper accusat, tend to separate the theological use of the law from its normative use, and while covenant theologians, although paying primary attention to the normative character of the law, regard its peculiar role as merely a preliminary element to set the mutuality and conditionality of the covenant, Calvin understands the nature of the law as the rule of living (regula vivendi) and, from this point of view, deals with the whole office of the law, whether theological or normative, as the rule of life-giving (regula vivificandi). In dealing with the formation and development of Calvin’s theology of the law, before turning to specific agendas, I refer initially to the young Calvin’s humanistic and legal studies and the influence of via moderna and devotio moderna upon him, and then to his Christological understanding of the law explored in his early catechetical works and the successive editions of the Institutes. These studies lay the groundwork for the following inquiry into the theological foundation of the necessity and extent of Christ’s mediatorship. It is true that the necessity of the Mediator is primarily discussed in relation to the miserable state of depraved humanity, negatively. However, more emphatically, the necessity, for Calvin, is associated with God’s grace to accommodate Himself to human capacity, even human barbarity in the Old Testament, and the so-called extra Calvinisticum, by which he argues for the eternal and continual mediation of Christ according to both the divine and human natures.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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