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Truth for All Time Gift Edition [Leather Bound]

John Calvin
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  • Leather Bound
  • Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848710224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848710221
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.9 x 1.5 cm
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Calvin knew that if the biblical truths redi scovered at the Reformation were to spread throughout the wo rld, they would have to be presented in a form that ordinary people could understand. Thus he wrote A Brief Outline of t he Christian Faith ' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing work 8 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Olyott tells us in the introduction that this work by Calvin has laid buried for many years. To be honest I can see why, and wonder why it has been brought into the light of day at all. I cannot agree with Olyott that this is a gem of a book. Calvin's style is heavy and he meanders. I assume that the topics he deals with in this book were of relevance in his day (though that in itself is questionable as I don't think it was every a best seller), but a modern reader would certainly struggle to see where they fit into our lives today.

True there is a treatment of the Ten Commandments in the chapter on the law but it would hardly add to anyone's store of knowledge. I like Calvin as a rule and love Olyott as a writer but this is a disappointing work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Statement of Christian Belief for the Average Joe 6 Jun 2003
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John Calvin knew that if the biblical truths rediscovered at the Reformation were to spread throughout the world, they would have to be presented in a form which ordinary people could understand. So, during the winter of 1536-1537 the 29-year-old Calvin wrote, in French, his Brief Outline of the Christian Faith. This is Calvin's striking but concise attempt to define the Christian faith for ordinary people!
Here you have the very core of Protestant belief and feel the warmth of its ardent love for God and men. As you read this book you will sense that the truth of God, so clearly taught here, is something that you are expected to live. May this be the experience of every reader who, by reading this book, is looking at the Christian faith for the first time. And may this increasingly be the experience of all of us who, by God's kindness, have already been brought into personal union with our Lord Jesus Christ.
"A classic statement of Christian belief." -- The Discerning Reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Book for This Pastor 17 Aug 2005
By Stephen C. Magee - Published on Amazon.com
I have used this book many times with new people in our congregation. I find that it works extremely well with those who are new to the Christian faith, and also with those who have a strong background in Reformed theology. There is something in this short book for everyone. I learn more every time I go through it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Meaty Little Morsel 16 May 2010
By Brandon Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
This little treasure found its way into my hands via a recommendation from a good friend. After finishing the book he lamented that he had not read it immediately following his conversion. He commented that he would have been much more well established in the foundations of the Christian faith from the get-go and wouldn't have struggled nearly as much to attain the doctrinal understanding he has achieved today. Curious, I ordered a copy immediately. I must admit, I couldn't agree more with his assertion. Truth For All Time is a concise outline of the essential Christian doctrines that no believer should be ignorant of. I'll let Stuart Olyott, who translated the text from French to English, explain Calvin's motivation for sketching an outline of the Christian faith. This is from the book's preface:

John Calvin knew that if the biblical truths rediscovered at the Reformation were to spread throughout the world, they would have to be presented in a form which ordinary people could understand. So, during the winter of 1536-1537, the 29-year-old Calvin wrote in French, his Brief Outline of the Christian Faith [Bre've Instruction chre'tienne]. This short book is, in fact, a resume' of the first edition of his Institutes of the Christian Religion and many passages in it are taken word for word from that earlier work.

Calvin packed volumes of wisdom in a mere 77 pages. Here are the major topics he covers:

* Knowing God
* Knowing Ourselves
* The Law
* Faith
* Prayer
* The Sacraments
* Church Order

In addition, Calvin touches upon these other important doctrines:

* Free Will
* Function of the Law
* Sin & Death
* Justification in Christ by Faith
* Election & Predestination
* Sanctification
* Repentance & the New Birth

A few other features of this little volume include:

* A concise, accurate summary of each of the Ten Commandments and the importance they play in the life of the Christian
* Exposition upon every point of the Apostle's Creed
* A verse-by-verse study through the Lord's Prayer

Truth For All Time may quite simply be the best, most concise summary of the Christian faith ever written. If you've never read Calvin you may be surprised to find how easily digestible his writings are. He is no dry, musty old theologian who will bore you to tears with technical dissections of the Greek and Hebrew language. John Calvin was both a theologian and a pastor. His writings reflect the love and passion he has for God and for his people.

How much can one learn from only 77 pages? A lot, frankly. However, if you want more then I highly recommend Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. As Olyatt wrote in the above quote, the Institutes is a greatly expanded version of this book, taking the form of a thoroughly comprehensive systematic theology. Its influence on Christian thinking throughout the centuries should not be under-estimated.

Whether you are a new convert or a seasoned believer, Truth For All Time will never fail to bless. It is a beautiful reminder of both the simplicity and majesty of the redemption we have in Christ Jesus our Lord. This book would make a wonderful tract to hand out to people we witness to in our evangelism efforts. Order 10 or 20 at a time and hand out to friends, loved ones, co-workers or strangers you meet on the streets. Catechize your children with it or study it alongside your spouse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift - nice, profound, challenging and encouraging! 28 April 2010
By Dan Panetti - Published on Amazon.com
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If you had to summarize the elements of the Christian faith - this would be what you'd write. Calvin begins with the concept of knowing God - what we are made for as humans. But since sin has entered the world, we are separated from God which introduced the concept of salvation and eternal life. Calvin them moves from these core elements of the gospel to other central themes from Scripture - the law, the sacraments, faith, prayer and the role of the church and state. Great synopsis of the Christian faith and wonderfully produced in a short, leather-bound 134-page book that is small enough to fit in a pocket or a purse. Highly recommended.
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