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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable, 30 Aug 2009
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This work of theological genius is a text which has influenced Western civilisation for nearly five centuries. It started as the work of a young French refugee, only in his twenties and resident in Geneva. It does not read like other systematic theologies for it is heartwarmingly devotional. It is felt faith explained and defended. The detractors of Calvin are usually lacking in personal contact with his works. Ignorant prejudice against this Marmite reformer will be reduced by acquaintance with this his magnum opus. This modern edition is far more readable than earlier translations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The treatise, 29 July 2011
This review is from: Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 volume set) (Hardcover)
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Of all I have read from past to present, there is nothing so motivating, inspiring and spiritually uplifting as this massive work. It is the best work I have ever read, except the scriptures themselves. It is difficult, as you need to be focused and alert when you are reading, but the rewards are immediate and stay with you for the long-term.
This large piece of work is the total justification of the system of faith set out in the scripture, and the arguments and discussion are real faith builders and securers. Every point and explanation is backed up with scripture references, and addressed clearly and precisely.
It may seem daunting, but you can take as long as you like and do as little as you like, and the fruit will be a deeper understanding of Who God is and his loving purposes for his people, and human beings generally. It may well take years, as we need to work and look after our families etc, but if treated it as a very long-term read, we will reap the rewards.
We will never understand God, or his word, but to follow the mind and logic of the master theologian, will surely aid in our own spiritual understanding. When you read the bible for yourself, it will seem clearer and your thought processes will be better equipped to interpret the word of God in a way that holds it all together.
You could annotate as you read; post it notes with jottings; records on paper of your thoughts as you go along; words of hymns that seem to match the readings; highlight with markers bits that seem to pop out at you.... it becomes your own work as you relate to the words of Calvin and apply them to your self.
Buy the whole piece of work, rather than the abridged versions. You will not be disappointed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars SImply the best edition of these historic volumes, 2 April 2013
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As an academic, I have repeatedly made use of this set and have been so impressed that I actually bought my own copy. It is a very readable, well referenced edition with the most comprehensive and useful indices I have found in any book.
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