Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 Volume Set

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This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. All previous editions--in Latin, French, German, and English--have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added.The translation preserves the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin's writing, but also conforms to modern English and renders heavy theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable.

Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history. Through these works--each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century--contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries.

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John T. McNeill was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He taught at Westminster Hall; Queen's University, Ontario; Knox College, Toronto; the University of Chicago; and Union Theological Seminary, New York. McNeill authored many books, and was one of the general editors of The Library of Christian Classics.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Still a classic

    <p>Calvin¿s classic theology still stands as one of the best theologies ever written. Calvin was extremely thorough in every area he discussed. But this thoroughness does leave this volume difficult going at times. But the knowledge that can be gained from reading this theology makes the effort worthwhile. </p> <p> Despite popular conceptions, Calvin¿s <i>Institutes</i> is not primarily devoted to presenting Calvin¿s view of predestination. Of course, his view on this matter is presented, and rather strongly so. But such discussions only constitute a small percentage of this work. Calvin deals with all aspects of the Christian faith in as much depth as he does predestination. </p> <p> However, Calvin¿s treatment of those he disagrees with is less than congenial, to say the least. He is especially harsh on Anabaptists and Catholics (whom he calls ¿papists¿). It was somewhat the norm at time to be harsh with one¿s ¿opponents,¿ so Calvin cannot be faulted too much for this. But still, such language in theological debates is uncalled for today. </p> <p> So if you can get past the harsh language and are ready to really exercise your mind and to learn all you can about the Christian faith, then it is definitely worthwhile to attain and work your way through these volumes.</p>

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