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Institutes of the Christian Religion (Two Volumes in One) [Paperback]

By John Calvin & Henry Beveridge (Translator)
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Pages   1310
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Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
ISBN  0802881661  
EAN  9780802881663  

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Theologian par excellence, Calvin is best known for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, a theological introduction to the Bible and vindication of Reformation principles. Beveridge's 1845 translation of Calvin's magnum opus is now available in a one-volume format that retains the pagination of the original two volumes.

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John Calvin

JOHN CALVIN (1509-1564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible.

Alister McGrath (PhD, University of Oxford) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and coeditor of Crossway's Classic Commentaries series.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

John Calvin lived in Noyon. John Calvin was born in 1509 and died in 1564.

John Calvin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Calvin's New Testament Commentaries
  2. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  3. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  4. Commentaries by John Calvin
  5. God the Creator
  6. Harper Collins Spiritual Classics
  7. Pure Gold Classics

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Protestant Opus  Oct 25, 2006
A lot of people think they know John Calvin. This work is the best summary of his theology anywhere and the best way to get into the mind of the great reformation leader. There is no better summary of reformation theology anywhere. Calvin's writing style is challenging but flowing and rich with rewards. It will help you formalize as a protestant what you believe and why you believe it. The serious theologian must not overlook this Opus of Protestant theology.
What are they putting in the water in Colorado?  Mar 28, 2006
I would have to say that it is sadly not surprising that Liza and Mr. Oshell respond to Calvin's Institutes in the manner found in each of their reviews. As mentioned by J. Oh, the primary problem is that there are many commonly held misconceptions about Calvin and many different views on what it means to be a Christian. Let me start off by saying that I readily admit that the Institutes are not an easy read. But neither is the Bible, nor most things of substance. The time and style in which the books were written only compound the problem for modern readers (though this translation does much to remedy the situation). I think no doctrine is so commonly misunderstood as predestination. First, it should be noted that predestination is not, despite what Oshell and Liza claim, a creative interpretation out of line with Christian thought. In fact some have argued, and I tend to agree, many aspects of it were held by the early church fathers as may be witnessed in their attacks on Pellagianism. In other words, predestination was considered a central part of Christianity since the time of Christ. Second, the opposite understanding leads to the conclusion that salvation is based upon our own acts, which is perhaps the greatest example of the sin of pride--putting one's self above God. Third, no where in the Bible can one find anything against the notion of predestination. Finally, predestination is specifically mentioned several times in the Bible including Ephes. 1:3-5; Romans 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 2:7; Acts 4:27-28. In addition, there are countless other mentions of God's foreknowledge and Christ's choosing us prior to our choosing Him throughout the Bible. Simply because the modern churches are too caught up in the feel good message of "be a good person and be saved" or the more subtle message of "God will reward you for your faith," when improperly understood, does not at all attack the substance of the Biblically sound doctrine of predestination.

The legalistic manner (including the near overclassification of his theological subject) in which the Institutes are written is a better explination why many modern Christians have difficulty following Calvin...this I feel is the only place where his humanistic/legalistic background impedes his work; for the logical and precise exegises of the Bible does not always require as much classification. That being said, however, in some respects it is this very thuroughness that makes the Institutes a must read.

Also, finally in response to the notion that predestination = salvation by chance...I might suggest reading Jonathan Edwards' "Freedom of the Will" wherein is made a forceful argument that it is the lack of predestination which leads to salvation by pure chance.
Calvin's Institutes / worth reading the actual writings of Calvin  Oct 27, 2005
I found this book to be accessible despite the fact it was written and translated so long ago.It was also worthwhile finally reading Calvin's original writing and so many references made to him and his views in other contexts.
This Translation is Often Overlooked  Sep 17, 2005
Unfortunately this translation of Calvin's 'Institutes' is often overlooked due to the more popular translation from Battles. However, this is an excellent translation of Calvin's most famous work and given its age (first published in 1845), it is surprisingly modern - due in part to this very edition which has been 'tweaked' into a more modern verbiage.

This 'tweaking' in no way has diminished, however, the wonderful job Beverage did in translating this work. From what I have been told by several Latin scholars and theologians, and having studied Latin myself, Calvin's Latin is not a walk in the park. That being the case, once you read this translation, you can see why Beverage did such a great job.

The one feature I like best about this translation is the fact that it is well footnoted for the researcher and reader. Therefore, this translation is well documented for further research into Calvin's thought. This also helps to clear up difficulties of translation (remember Calvin's Latin is very tough). At certain points in Calvin's work, his thought via a solid translation gets confusing for scholars, this edition has footnotes detailing these difficulties, and that makes for a better read.

Now, about Calvin's 'Institutes' This work is Calvin's Opus and gives the reader the best information regarding Calvin's thoughts on the Church and Church Government, Calvin's hermeneutic, Calvin's theology of God, Calvin's epistemology, Calvin's Soteriology, the benefits of the grace of Christ, his views on the Papacy (of his day), the Roman Catholic Church, the current state of Christendom, and much more. The interesting thing about this work (the Institutes), it is not Calvin's definitive work on the theology of predestination. Calvin actually wrote several other works which deal only with that subject and present a far better assessment of his theology behind predestination (see Calvin's treatise titled "Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God," and Calvin's response to Pighius titled "The Bondage and Liberation of the Will.")

But, for the best overview of Calvin's thought on the Church and theology, the Institutes is the work to read. Beverage's translation is a great work. It is introduced by the reformed theologian John Murray, it has a general index in the back of the work, and reads very much in modern verbiage. I highly recommend this edition.
Very confusing religious opinion  Jun 2, 2005
I agree with Mr. Oshell on almost every point. I find John Calvin, in this writing, and in many others, confused about what he really believes. He speaks of 'justification', 'sanctification', regeneration', 'grace', even 'faith', but cannot seem to come to an agreement with himself as to what these important terms mean. After reading a good amount of the Institutes, I think John Calvin thought they all meant the same thing. But of course, according to Calvinism, knowing about these things was ever meant for most of the world anyway, and knowledge of them doesn't make any difference to anyone's eternal destiny, so really, what does it matter who does or doesn't understand these terms? The reader might find his eyes spinning in his head after a short while. Much philosophy indeed....

John Calvin, like Calvinist writers in general, must of necessity give opposite meanings to the words of the living God in Scripture in order to teach what it is they believe, "Calvinism". But I think any true 'believer' should be horrified by Calvin's notion that salvation and damnation of individuals are utterly left to chance, a decision already made by God for each of us before the foundation of the world, and most importantly, arbitrary in regard to "faith". God merely made the decision without any regard to His foreknowledge of a person's faith or lack of faith in Christ. Unbelievable. But this teaching comes from Calvin's belief that there IS no condition for salvation, that faith in Christ is not necessary for those 'elected' by God to salvation in eternity past. God, they say, simply "gives the gift of faith" to the ones He has already elected to salvation (making them meet the apparent condition for salvation (faith) in John 3:16-18). To hell with the rest, literally.

Is it any wonder that Calvinism has never enjoyed any peace in Christian circles? The 'goodwill' of Calvinism's gospel is simply not meant to be goodwill to 'all'.

As for spiritual deception, Mormonism and the Watchtower Organization can't hold a candle to the brilliant deceptions of Calvinism. Let me emphasize "BRILLIANT". Calvin's Institutes turns truth on its head. Just do as the Bereans did and never fail to compare what Calvin says in his Institutes with the word of God to see if they are in agreement. What I found in Mr. Calvin's writings was 'the word of men' we read about in 1 Thes 2:13.

It is difficult for me to accept the fact that otherwise intelligent men would even 'want' to believe Calvin's horrible teachings. But its true, one's faith is a thing of the heart, and we can all believe whomever and whatever we want (I made the free will choice to reject John Calvin's teachings).


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