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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) 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
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  • Publisher: Signalman Publishing; 4th edition (April 3 2008)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017DGBCU
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By A Customer on Sept. 20 2002
Format: Paperback
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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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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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.
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(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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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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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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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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Having only received my copy of Calvins Institutes, particularly this edition by Beveridge, as their are a few different ones I've read, I wouldn't have any qualms about this edition at all! Thus far I'm working through the Prefatory Address by Calvin to the King Of France in his time, and even browsing the Table of contents, the books layout is very practical and easy to read. I find the footnotes are a nice addition to this edition, and make for more studious reading which can lead to a variety of differing topics related to the text at hand.

All in all, your money would be WELL spent on this edition!!
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Format: Paperback
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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