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Research Seminar

This year we will continue our pattern of reading a theological classic in Martinmas semester and then have a series of invited speakers in Candlemas semester.

The seminars will be in person on Wednesdays, 11.15 am to 12.45 pm, Lecture Theatre D (C42), Bute Building. A video link on Teams will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Since the room capacities are limited (40 people), current MLitt and PhD students, and staff should have the opportunity to attend in person.

If you are not already on the Research Seminar List, please contact the Rev’d Wade Bellesbach (wmb4@st-andrews.ac.uk).


This Martinmas, we will read selections from John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559), Book II.

After an introduction to Calvin’s theology in the first session, we will continue with thematic sessions introduced by a member of staff or a graduate student. They will offer a brief introduction and an overview of the topic.

We look forward to lively and stimulating theological conversations.


29 – Introduction


13 – Original Sin: Chapter I and Why Humans Are Now Deprived of Freedom of the Will: Chapter II, sec. 1–9 (compare chs III and V)

20 – Independent Learning Week: no seminar

27 – How Humans Find Orientation: Chapter II, sec. 10–27 (compare ch. IV)


03 – Calvin’s Theology of the Law and the Relationship of the Old Testament and the New: Chapter VIII (Calvin’s interpretation of the Ten Commandments); Chapter X (Resemblance between OT and NT); Chapter XI (The Differences between the Two Testaments: Two Testaments – One Covenant?)

10 – The Incarnation of Christ and the Person of the Mediator: Chapter XII (Reasons for the Incarnation); Chapter XIII (True Humanity of Christ); Chapter XIV (How Two Natures Constitute the Person of the Mediator)

17 – The Work of the Mediator as the Threefold Office of Christ: Chapters XV and XVI

24 – Law, Gospel and Election — Is the Doctrine of Election a ‘Logic of Terror’ (K. Flasch) after all?: Book III, chapter XXI (Of the Eternal Election)

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St Mary's College
St Andrews
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Fife, Scotland, UK

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