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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.
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John Calvin (1509-1564) was a French Protestant theologian during the Protestant Reformation and was a central developer of the system of Christian theology called Calvinism or Reformed Theology. In Geneva he rejected the authority of the Pope, established a new scheme of civic and church governance, and created a central hub from which Reformed theology was propagated. He is renowned for his teachings and writings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 272 pages
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  • Publisher: Signalman Publishing; 4th edition (April 3 2008)
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  • Language: English
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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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5.0 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 Priceless Theology! June 28 2014
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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. It is a constant companion and a continuous study!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality May 30 2014
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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. The pages are good quality and the print size is perfect for me. Brilliant theologian, every Christian should take the time to study this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece March 1 2014
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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 - The Genius of the Reformation May 15 2004
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 brought up during the Reformation period. Calvin's "Institutes" is one of the great classics that will never be written off as an old relic. Calvin's pastoral spirit comes out clearly in the pages of this book. In fact, Calvin wrote this not as some intellectual dogmatic text but as a pastoral theological treatise to encourage and comfort believers who were struggling with the faith - especially by those influenced by the unbiblical doctrines of the Medieval Church. Especially good are Calvin's treatment of God's providential control, justification by grace/faith alone, and unconditional election unto salvation. One may not agree with everything that Calvin says (I believe he got the Lord's Supper wrong) but one cannot ignore this work. For those who disagree with Calvin (and Calvinism), how about comparing Calvin's theology with Scripture? If one reads the Bible carefully and responsibly, it is clearly on the side of Calvin (rather than Rome or Arminius). Some passages people should check out are: Exodus 33:19; Proverbs 16:4; John 6:37; Romans 9:21; Ephesians 1:5; and 1 Peter 2:8. If salvation is based on our merits (fully or partially) then God's grace is really unnecessary. The Reformers were correct to proclaim sola gratia and solus Christus when they were combatting the deadly errors of the Medievalists. Salvation is either by God's grace alone or by our works-righteousness (the former being biblical; the latter being blasphemously heretical). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Thorough" isn't the word
An astounding work, equally useful read from beginning to end, or (if you haven't the time) used as a reference text. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Laura
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 Excellent
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002
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 Ingalls
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