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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Pierre-Charles Marcel (1910–1992)

Pierre-Charles Marcel (1910–1992) was a leading French Reformed Christian theologian. He was influenced by Auguste Lecerf (1873–1943), who had suggested that Marcel study Herman Dooyeweerd's Christian philosophy.

Marcel was a pastor of the de l'Eglise Réformée de France at St. Germain-en-Laye for about fifty years. He was for a while the secretary of the French Bible Society. In 1950 he founded La Revue Réformée and was its editor. After his death Paul Wells took over editorship. Marcel was also an associate professor at Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée d'Aix-en-Provence.

He wrote two works on Dooyeweerd's philosophy.These are currently been translated into English by Colin Wright. (For more details see here ) Wright writes:
The first thesis : The Transcendental Critique of Theoretical Thought: Prolegomena to Herman Dooyeweerd's Philosophy of the Law-Idea, was completed in 1956. For this he was awarded the Licencié en Théologie at the Faculté Libre de Theologie Protestante in Montpellier.

The second thesis : General Theory of the Law Spheres: Introduction to the theory of the temporal structure of reality in Herman Dooyeweerd's Philosophy of the Law-Idea, was completed four years later and for which he was awarded the degree of Doctor en Theologie.

Select bibliography

Books available in English

The Biblical Doctrine of Infant baptism : The Sacrament of the Covenant of Grace
The Relevance of Preaching
In God's School

Works online
 “Our Lord’s Use of Scripture,” Carl F.H. Henry, ed., Revelation and the Bible. Contemporary Evangelical Thought. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1958 / London: The Tyndale Press, 1959. pp.121-134.

Articles from La Revue Réformée


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