Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Professor Releases Book on Calvin

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s P.C. Rossin Professor of Church History Dr. Charles Partee has released a new book The Theology of John Calvin (WJK, 2008).

The theology of John Calvin (1509-1564) was given classic expression in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559). In this definitive work, longtime Calvin expert Charles Partee offers a careful exposition of Calvin’s theology as it appears in the Institutes, paying special attention to the relation of Calvin’s theology to the history of Christian thought and to the questions of Calvin’s own time. Partee also examines the development of later Calvinism and the adaptations of Calvin’s thought by his later followers. As Partee shows, Calvin’s theology provides a profound exposition of Christian faith and a magnificent resource for theology today.

Partee received his bachelor’s from Maryville College, B.D. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and master’s from University of Texas (Austin). He earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in theology with a concentration in the history of doctrine. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh Seminary in 1978, Partee served as a pastor in Arkansas and New Jersey and as a professor at two colleges. Most of his scholarly writing concerns the Theology of John Calvin. Partee has written a book dealing with the pioneer missionary career of his father-in-law, a 1934 graduate of Pittsburgh Seminary, entitled Adventure in Africa: The Story of Don McClure (University of America 2000) and with fellow PTS professor Andrew Purves Encountering God: Christian Faith in Turbulent Times (WJK, 2000).

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 380 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.