While the doctrine of salvation was being reformed during the sixteenth century, so was marriage, manhood, womanhood, courtship, child raising, fertility, abortion, and almost every area that touches family life.
John Calvin never wrote a book on the family, but he touched off a family reformation. He was the instigator of a massive restructuring of the most fundamental institution of society.
Like no other reformer, Calvin provided the exegetical precision that defined the terms for a biblical vision of family life. With crystal clarity, he explained the details of the how the family had exchanged the glory of God for a lie. We should be thankful to this dear brother for excavating the gold mines of the Bible and exposing the raw biblical language and bedrock principles that form the doctrine of the Christian family.
This book seeks to communicate the main themes of Calvin s teaching on family life in his own words, using quotes from his books, sermons, letters, and other writings.
In Geneva, there were many victories in the battle to reform the family. Let me suggest that it may be difficult to win today s battles for the family unless we understand the victories of the sixteenth century.
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"Scott Brown has done us yeoman service in culling the vast corpus of John Calvin in order to amass hundreds of valuable quotations on what this colossal Reformer had to say on marriage and family. What a fascinating treasure-trove Family Reformation is, addressing scores of subjects that are as pertinent today as in Calvin’s own day! As always, Calvin is scriptural, practical, thorough, succinct, powerful, and honest. This may well be one of the best and most helpful marriage and family books on the market today. Use it as your daily devotional, and give a copy to your friends. Every conscientious family will be enriched by Calvin’s wise advice." -- Dr. Joel Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
"An excellent and valuable summary of John Calvin's teachings on the family." -- Laura
Section I. Anatomy of a Family Reformation
Chapter 1 - Why is John Calvin on the Family Important Today?
Chapter 2 - The Inside Story
Chapter 3 - Seven Powerful Igniters
Chapter 4 - The Culture Clashes
Chapter 5 - The Defining Issues
Section II. Calvin Speaks
Chapter 6 - The Family as a Foundation
Chapter 7 - The Sweetness of Marriage
Chapter 8 - The "Strong Affection" of a Husband
Chapter 9 - A Wife, The Distinguished Ornament of Man
Chapter 10 - The Preservation of Marriage
Chapter 11 - The Blessing of Children
Chapter 12 - The Salvation of Children
Chapter 13 - The Father's Discipleship of Children
Chapter 14 - Catechizing Children
Chapter 15 - The Discipline of Children
Chapter 16 - How Parents Respond to Prodigals
Chapter 17 - Honor and Obedience Toward Parents
Chapter 18 - The Marriages of Children
Chapter 19 - The Family at Church
Chapter 20 - Modesty
Chapter 21 - Care for Widows
Chapter 22 - Infant Baptism
Chapter 23 - The Sanctity of Life
Section III. When Calvin Got It Wrong
Chapter 24 - Understanding Heroes and Their Flaws
Section IV. The Rest of the Story
Chapter 25 - An Effective Family Reformation
Chapter 26 - Hope for the Future
About the Author
Scott T. Brown is the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, conferences on Biblical doctrine, fatherhood, church reformation, and strengthening the family. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.