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Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 volume set) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1960

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press (1 Jan. 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664220282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664220280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This revised edition of Battles's translation will interest general readers who wish to better understand the earliest expression of Calvin's theology, as well as scholars who wish to pursue further research. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
The treatise
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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Format: Kindle Edition
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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A long read, worth it all the way. This version is readable. Layout in book 3 is a little strange?
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Every practising Christian should be familiar with at least the outline of Calvin's great work that has shaped so much of Christian theology since the Reformation. Having this huge work in a Kindle is very handy.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Note: This review concerns the Kindle edition of Calvin's Institutes published by the Christian Classic Ethereal Library.

I tried four different Kindle versions of Calvin's Institutes using Amazon's 'Try a Sample' feature.

The sample for this one had a proper Kindle Table of Contents, as well as the in-text linked TOC.

It was also formatted nicely - with different size texts for different size headings, and so on.

BUT: that is only in the sample. The actual version has none of those things, and is as poorly formatted as the £0.77 priced version. CCEL have done themselves a disservice.
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