Institutes of the Christian Religion

May 18, 2019 - Comment

Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin’s seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541. The book serves as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those

Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin’s seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541. The book serves as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some previous knowledge of theology and covers a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty. It vigorously attacks teachings which Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been “strongly devoted” before his conversion to Protestantism. The overarching theme of the book – and Calvin’s greatest theological legacy – is the idea of God’s total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. Institutes of the Christian Religion is highly-regarded as a secondary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, which is commonly referred to as Calvinism.

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Anonymous says:

Simply Put: A Masterpiece Calvin is a name you often hear as one of the greatest theologians of the Reformation and the Institutes make clear why.Since there are already a number of reviews talking about the general significance of Calvin’s Institutes and the general contents, I thought I’d make a few points in case you’re hesitant to buy this phenomenal book:1. This is a magnificent work of systematic theology and Calvin’s famed exegetical skills are on full display. This book will give you both…

Anonymous says:

The benchmark of Reformed theology This is Calvin’s benchmark text of Reformed theology. Calvin is one of the magisterial giants on which the Reformation of the Christian church stands, and this work makes the reasons for his stature abundantly clear. Trained as a lawyer before becoming a pastor and theologian Calvin is logical, thorough and relentless in pressing his viewpoints on every aspect of faith addressed in this volume. And it should be added that Calvin is relentlessly biblical. There is no point in his theology…

Anonymous says:

The most important work on Reformed Theology I have read The is arguably the single most important work on Reformed Theology available, yet I have encountered few who have read it. The printed text is nearly 1500 pages with little that is not challenging or demanding. This is not a quick read, but it is as important as any other writing outside the Holy Scripture.I checked 4 stars for the content. This Kindle version was not very serviceable. Amazon has apparently recognized this and is stopping further sales until it is fixed by the…

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