Institutes of the Christian Religion

by John Calvin


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Published first in 1536, the Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's magnum opus. Extremely important for the Protestant Reformation, the Institutes has remained important for Protestant theology for almost five centuries. Written to "aid those who desire to be instructed in the doctrine of salvation," the Institutes, which follows the ordering of the Apostle's Creed, has four parts. The first part examines God the Father; the second part, the Son; the third part, the Holy Spirit; and the fourth part, the Church. Through these four parts, it explores both "knowledge of God" and "knowledge of ourselves" with profound theological insight, challenging and informing all the while. Thus, for either the recent convert or the long-time believer, for the inquisitive beginner or the serious scholar, John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is a rewarding book worthy of study!

This copy of the Institutes of the Christian Religion was translated into English by Henry Beveridge (who died in 1929) and was first published in 1845.

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John Calvin
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: July 10, 1509, Francio
Died: May 27, 1564, Geneva
Related topics: Biography, Calvin, Jean,--1509-1564, Calvinism, Commentaries, Early works
Basic information: John Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530.
Popular works: Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin's Commentaries—Complete, Commentary on Romans, Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1, Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke - Volume 1

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