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Institutes of the Christian Religion
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2011
I think it's fantastic that Calvin's Institutes is available on the Kindle, and at such an affordable price. It's affordable for a reason, though. The formatting isn't horrendous but it is unhelpful and pretty unprofessional. No indents make it hard to read, and notes are not hyperlinked. Chapters do not start on new pages

It probably would be the work of solid month by the most devoted of HTML experts to make the e-version of Calvin that mankind requires, so this will just about do for now - but don't expect anything half as elegant or useful as will one day exist. The hardback is, incredibly, still easier to use (flicking back and forth is much quicker with paper than in a linkless eBook). A shame, as this is one of those hefty tomes that it would be marvellous to read on Kindle.

I would gladly pay up to £20 for a professionally designed and proofread version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
Having heard many times in my Christian life "Calvin explains.." or "Calvin puts it this way" I decided to down load his books and read for myself. The surprise was that they are easy to read - he has a wonderful way of explaining doctrine that I can understand. No wonder he is still read nearly 600 years later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2014
A long read, worth it all the way. This version is readable. Layout in book 3 is a little strange?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a sinlge-volume, unabridged, 1845 Beveridge translation of Calvin's seminal work. Many people might prefer the 1960 translation by Ford Lewis Battles, but this volume is very modestly priced so it is well worth buying.
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on 26 May 2013
A universal classic of enormous theological worth from a God given theological mind from one of the most gifted historical Christians this side of the Bible times.
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on 6 October 2013
A reasonably priced copy of a classic text. All Reformed Christians should have an idea of what Calvin says. Good purchase
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2012
This edited copy of Calvin's Institutes is a great benefit to anyone wanting to read the book and gain a sense of what the Reformer was saying. True, a lot of the anti-Catholic ranting is removed. But you don't have to be a Catholic to find such diatribes depressing and, in terms of Christian faith, immature. Calvin was a great writer in the sixteenth century Humanist tradition. Some of his exaltant passages about God are of great value. At the same time, some readers will find Calvin's idea that most of the human race is doomed by God to damnation, to be a thoroughly inadequate version of Christian 'Good news'. With Calvin, for most of the people of the world (who are unavoidably and endlessly damned by prior divine decree), to be opposed to that of the New Testament and straightforwardly 'bad news'. Tony Lane, by editing the lengthy Institutes, provides us with an excellent guide to its contents. You can use the Lane version to find your way around the unabridged original. Also, Lane has selected the best expressed passages from this vast work. So, he has done readers a great service.
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on 30 December 2014
Helpful for research & study
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on 29 June 2015
Brilliant for the era
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on 15 August 2014
Completely satisfied
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