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Institutes of the Christian Religion [Kindle Edition]

John Calvin
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Highly influential work by one of the foremost theologians in history -- John Calvin. His thoughts on God and humankind and the relationship between creator and created have formed the basic doctrines of today's major protestant churches throughout the world. Seminary and other theology students study Calvin and his work today to gain insight and understanding into the nature of God, supplementing a detailed study of the Holy Bible itself. Institutes of the Christian Religion is a MUST READ for any serious student of Christian doctrine and theology.
New edition complete with hyperlinked Table of Contents and fully footnoted for easy navigation using the Kindle.
Other Kindle versions are abridged, however, this is the FULL version of "Institutes".

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John Calvin (1509-1564) the French theologian and reformer was persecuted as a protestant. As a result, he traveled from place to place. In 1534 at Angouleme he began the work of systematizing protestant thought in the "Institutes of the Christian Religion, " one of the most influential theological works of all time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2395 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Signalman Publishing; 4th edition (April 3 2008)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017DGBCU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sept. 20 2002
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Few books written by mere men are this worthy of the time it takes to read them. From beginning to end, every thought, and often each word, is worthy of contemplation as Calvin's great mind for the word of God shines through - even in this translation from the original Latin. Be prepared for hours of study and searching Scripture as this work will drive you deep into the Bible to hear the unblemished Lamb speak to you. You may find even years after setting this book down that you will be occasioned to refer back to it as the Spirit applies Scripture to your heart and you remember the words of Calvin in this work. Many things you will read may appear at first to be incorrect, unreasonable, and heretical; but the value in this work is its ability to reclaim the Scripture from the world and our views of it. Few books will challenge you so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece March 1 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A pastor said to me once, "shame on you if you haven't read Calvin's Institutes". So, I figured I better read it.

In a word - it's fabulous. It's not a easy read, but for someone willing to invest the time and effort into some serious theological thought, Calvin is a goldmine. You can probably only read 5-10 pages at a time - it's so rich with Biblical insight.

The book is in large part a treatise against various Catholic heresies and abuses - but it is also a basic summary of the general truths of the Christian faith.

If I was stuck on a desert island - I'd want this book!

(You'll notice the only negative reviews are from Catholics who haven't bought the book - and most likely haven't read it. Every verified purchase has given the book a 5 star rating. Buy it - you'll be glad you did).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin's Institutes Jan. 8 2010
I was really happy with this copy of Calvin's Institutes. I gave it to my Dad for Christmas and he seemed really happy too. It's a lovely edition--hard cover with all four books in one and a tasteful picture on the front.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem among all Christian books May 15 2003
Calvin has been misunderstood by many -- including many believers who never read this book. ...It brought me to tears of repentance and renewed sense of God's great love and power. It expanded my thoughts of God in my heart. God became greater and bigger through this book, thus my worship of God became more profound and sincere.
1. This book is utterly God-centered. In this book, Calvin repeatedly emphasizes that men are created for God and His glory alone. Therefore, he rightly proves from the Scriptures that: creation, predestination, salvation, and our life before Him are all for that end (glory of God).
2. This book exalts the Gospel of Christ above all things. So we see why he was so harsh against Roman Catholic Church in his time, where Gospel of grace has been replaced by indulgence and superstition. In the Gospel of Christ, Calvin points out our weaknesses and God's great mercy. Actually, some were saved by reading this book during Puritan era.
3. This book uses the Scriptures masterfully. It shows that Calvin only made his point when the Scripture warranted it. Therefore, it is powerful in its assertion and authorative.
4. This book is ultimately life changing if read properly. It did me. Calvin emphasizes self-denial for all christians. He challenges believers to take up the cross and explains what that means in our thoughts, in our relationships, in our life, and in our worship.
(a) Many believers dislike Calvin because they do not believe in the Reformed doctrine of Predestination, and because of it they dismiss all other Calvin's teachings that are truly edifying. But before Calvin, Reformers like Luther (see, Luther's "Bondage of the Will") and Huss also taught it and emphasized it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy Nov. 16 2001
No doubt this book was the most influential source of theological influence in the protestant movement, and needless to say essential for any student of religion to read and own a copy of. I take issue with anyone that rates this book down due to dislike for the doctrine of predestination, despite Calvin's perspective still being the most coherent and comprehensive theological analysis ever written (compare it in length to Aquinas' Summa and you'll see what I mean).
The price is incredibly convenient although it probably will not last twenty years as binded. Especially good for students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read Aug. 13 2000
Even if you aren't Reformed, this is a must. This was written for everyone from kings to the street sweeper. Calvin is amazingly bright. Institutes consists of four parts: God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Church. Book four contains devastating critiques and historical analysis of the Catholic church. Calvin also uses early church fathers and Scriptures to show what the church looked like before the rise of the archbishops, esp. the bishop of Rome. His quotes of Jerome will make Catholics irate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Thorough" isn't the word June 22 2004
By Laura
An astounding work, equally useful read from beginning to end, or (if you haven't the time) used as a reference text. It covers all the foundational / central issues of the Christian faith fully, faithfully and clearly. The only thing to watch out for as you test it by the Bible is that he tends to point you back to the Law rather than the Cross for sanctification. Thoroughly worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Theology!
For lovers of theology, this is like drinking a glass of fresh water. I felt submerged in floods of sparkling thinking and logical sequences of pure theology. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Louise Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Great version of the classic work. Yes it is quite thick and heavy, but I doubt that most people will be reading this before bed. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin - The Genius of the Reformation
If one decides to study theology rigorously at an academic level, one should definitely read Calvin's "Institutes" to understand the various theological issues that were... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by theologicalresearcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin was right
Those who deny Calvin and Predestination simply show their lack of historical knowledge.
Not only did Aquinas, Augustine, St. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Random Bimms
2.0 out of 5 stars Calvin - Monster of the Reformation
Calvin was a man with a hot temper and intolerance for any views that disagreed with his own. He was an icily cold monster who was personally responsible for the burning at the... Read more
Published on April 27 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Calvin - Monster of the Reformation
Calvin was a man with a hot temper and intolerance for any views that disagreed with his own. He was an icily cold monster who was personally responsible for the burning at the... Read more
Published on April 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Theology
This book has shattered all theological error that has penetrated the Christian religion and continues to help its readers in our day to "contend earnestly for the faith"... Read more
Published on May 15 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong hearted theology - Christian Taliban
I consider Calvin's theology to be a blasphemy against the goodness and justice of God. According to Calvin, God arbitrarily damns some and saves others. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002 by Ingles
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