The Institutes of Christian Religion

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Overview

John Calvin's magnum opus "The Institutes of Christian Religion" is a monumental text of Christianity and a foundational work of Western Civilization. First penned in 1536 in Latin, this seminal work of protestant theology has been translated into countless languages and studied widely by theologians, pastors, university students, and religious scholars alike for nearly five hundred years. In it, John Calvin sets out to examine, challenge, and critique the accepted Catholic doctrines of his day. He takes up Christian sacraments, justification by faith alone, and Christian liberty to introduce his vision of a reformed Christian theology. Calvin stays close to the scripture and with a lucid and sober mind establishes what would come to be known as Calvinism: the belief in predestination, the authority of Biblical scripture, and the sovereignty of god. This text firmly situates him alongside Augustine, Origen, and Thomas Aquinas as a great and formative religious thinker and writer. Calvin uses ethics, apologetics, eschatology, and biblical exegesis to create the architecture around modern Protestantism. "Institutes" quickly became a controversial and widely read text and many view it as pivotal in inciting the great Reformation of the 16th century. Calvin intended for the book to act as an introduction to the Protestant faith, and, in this vein, "Institutes" remains a central text to the millions of the world's Calvinists and stands as a major work of western civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801025242
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1987
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 344,689
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Wirt Farley is Younts Professor Emeritus of Bible, Religion, and Philosophy at Erskine College. He is the translator of John Calvin's Sermons on the Ten Commandments.

Anthony N. S. Lane (DD, University of Oxford) is professor of historical theology at the London School of Theology. He is the author of A Concise History of Christian Thought, John Calvin: Student of the Church Fathers, and Justification by Faith in Catholic-Protestant Dialogue and compiled The Lion Christian Classics Collection. A world-class Calvin scholar, he abridged the Institutes into a popular student edition and also edited the translation of Calvin's Bondage and Liberation of the Will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2000

    A Great Abridgment of a Great Treatise

    This is an abridgment of Calvin's masterpiece on the Christian Religion. It deserves to be read by anyone who professes to be part of Protestantism, whether you agree with the 'five points of Calvinism' or not. If you are not Protestant, but wish to understand the causes and true points of conflict for the Reformation, you must deal with Calvin. Blindly competing with 20th century manifestations of Evangelical Protestantism just doesn't cut it. The Reformers had specific problems with the Roman church, and those problems hold true to this day. If the Protestant churches are going to engage our culture positively, we must understand what we beleive and why, or else we fall into relativity. And that goes nowhere. I cannot recommend Calvin's great treatise enough.

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