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Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (The Library of Christian Classics) Paperback – 1 Jan 1960

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  • Paperback: 1822 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press (1 Jan. 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664239110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664239114
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 8.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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John T. McNeill was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He taught at Westminster Hall; Queen's University, Ontario; Knox College, Toronto; the University of Chicago; and Union Theological Seminary, New York. McNeill authored many books, and was one of the general editors of The Library of Christian Classics.

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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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sent back as only volume 2 - not the set 1 and 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the great benefit of the Institutes 15 May 2016
By D. Bayly - Published on Amazon.com
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Read and read and read again. Few can compare with Calvin as expositor or systematician--or as pastor. This is the great benefit of the Institutes: Calvin was a pastor. He approaches theology pastorally. His work is thus eminently helpful spiritually. How different from most other systematics. Disdain for Lombard and the Schoolmen drips from Calvin, and for good reason: theology isn't a matter of constructs and syllogisms, but of souls and eternity. Professor Richard Gamble has a great three-part lecture on Calvin (audio is available at various places on the internet) in which he explains that Calvin wrote the Institutes as background to his commentaries. Rather than repeat himself theologically, Calvin wrote the Institutes as a succinct explanation of basic theology to accompany his expository works.

And, from my experience, the Battles translation is the one to buy--though I think we'd benefit from a thorough-going, faithful modern translation of not only the Institutes, but much of Calvin's writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work and translation. 19 Mar. 2014
By Guy_A - Published on Amazon.com
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John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is a clearly the standard of great Christian theology and Western literature. It flows with the St. Augustine's Confessions and City of God in its insight, clarity and significance for all times. In reading it you find the mold of orthodox Christian doctrine for now and future generations to come. Reading the Institutes you are able to see where the doctrines of today have been formed and rooted in clear biblical understandings.

Calvin's Institutes was not a single process of writing a book, but his life work in research and understanding the scripture. Each subject is expanding and building upon the previous subjects and shows the love and concern for the true gospel. His whole life was devoted to his teaching and ministry of his congregation rooting out unbiblical ideas of the time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only Vol 1 Came... Where's Vol 2? 17 Nov. 2013
By Robert Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not receive Volume 2 in the mail. Great book and layout but I need the other half! I'll try and get it figured out but this is disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Meat" of Scripture 10 April 2012
By Ray B. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a timeless classic that is a must read (study) for any believer that seeks to really "know" God. John Calvin is widely acknowledged to be "The Theologian" and for good reason. Calvin possessed a very deep understanding of the human condition (nature) along with an even deeper understanding of God as revealed in Scripture. He packs an awful lot of deep thinking and understanding into an economy of words. After a reading session, I often would give a summary to my wife regarding what I had read. Several times she remarked that someone should write a concise, abridged version of this work. It is simply not possible. Virtually nothing can be eliminated and any attempt to do so would be a grave injustice to this work. Personally, I found that it was best to read this material slowly and typically covered only about 10 pages per day. This is not baby's milk, its meat and needs to be treated as such. If you are accustomed to simple, candy-coated, modern interpretation and exegeses, you might be in for a shock, so take it slow. This work will vastly increase your knowledge, understanding, and faith. Over the years, I've read many excellent works, including Charles Hodge's "Systematic Theology." Nothing I have ever read compares to this. Simply put, I cannot recommend Calvin's "Institutes" enough!
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 3 Feb. 2017
By Brad Hillman - Published on Amazon.com
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Great condition, but not the same edition advertised in the picture. :(
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