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Institutes of the Christian Religion

by John Calvin

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Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541. The book serves as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some previous knowledge of theology and covers a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty. It vigorously attacks teachings which Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The overarching theme of the book-and Calvin's greatest theological legacy-is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. Institutes of the Christian Religion is highly-regarded as a secondary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, which is commonly referred to as Calvinism.… (more)
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John Calvinprimary authorall editionscalculated
McNeill, John T.Editormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allen, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Battles, Ford LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beveridge, HenryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niet, C.A. deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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[Preface to the Hendrickson Edition] The Protestant Reformation boasts a constellation of star players: Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, Jan Hus, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, John Knox, Thomas Cranmer.
[Original Translator's Preface(1581)] T[homas] N[orton], the Translator; to the Reader.

Good reader, here is no offered you, the fourth time printed in English, Mr. Calvin's book of the Institutes of Christian Religion; a book of great labor to the author, and of great profit to the church of God.
[Prefatory Address by John Calvin to Francis I, King of France (1536)] Sire--When I first engaged in this work, nothing was farther from my thoughts than to write what should afterward be presented to you Majesty.
[Epistle to the Reader (Calvin, 1539)]

Prefixed to the second edition, published at Strasburg in 1539.


In the first edition of this work, having no expectation of the success which God has, in his goodness, been pleased to give it, I had, for the greater part, performed my office perfunctorily, as is usual in trivial undertakings.
[Subject of the Present Work (Calvin, 1545)
Prefixed to the French edition, published at Geneva in 1545]

In order that my readers may be the better able to profit by the present work, I am desirous briefly to point out the advantage which they may derive from it.
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Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541. The book serves as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some previous knowledge of theology and covers a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty. It vigorously attacks teachings which Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The overarching theme of the book-and Calvin's greatest theological legacy-is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. Institutes of the Christian Religion is highly-regarded as a secondary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, which is commonly referred to as Calvinism.

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

2 editions of this book were published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co..

Editions: 0802881661, 0802807747

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