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This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. Under Dr. McNeill's personal supervision labored a whole corps of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars. All previous editions—in Latin, French, German, and English—have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added. The translator and his associates have taken great care to preserve the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin's writing. They have not, however, hesitated to break up overly long sentences to conform to modern English usage or, whenever possible, to render heavy Latinate theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable.
Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history. Through these works—each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century—contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries.
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About the Author
John Calvin (1509–64) was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of the theological system known as Calvinism. (from Theopedia.com).
About the Editor
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.
2 Volumes | 1,822 Pages
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: January 1960
ISBN 10: 0664220282
ISBN 13: 9780664220280
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“Calvin wrote this as an aid to studying the Bible. Written in four books (actually, it comes in several formats), Calvin discusses the knowledge of God as Creator and Redeemer that men possess and he follows that with a treatment of the work of redemption achieved by Jesus Christ and then he discusses how the Holy Spirit applies redemption to the elect through the work of the Holy Spirit in faith-wrought union between the believer and Christ and finally he discusses the church and the role it plays in God's plan of redemption and the life of the believer. A must read.”
- Jeff Waddington, Westminster Bookstore Staff, 2005
“If you aren't convinced yet, I don't know what else to say. If you only buy one book of theology, this should be it.”
- Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff, August 2006
“One of the top five books that have had the largest impact in my life.”
- Phillip Graham Ryken
“John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is perhaps the most important work of systematic theology ever written. Its influence has been formative on my thinking and on the thinking of believers all around the world.”
- R. C. Sproul
“Calvin’s Institutes (5th edition, 1559) is one of the wonders of the literary world—the world, that is, of writers and writing, of digesting and arranging heaps of diverse materials, of skillful proportioning and gripping presentation; the world . . . of the Idea, the Word, and the Power. . . .
“The Institutio is also one of the wonders of the spiritual world—the world of doxology and devotion, of discipleship and discipline, of Word-through-Spirit illumination and transformation of individuals, of the Christ-centered mind and the Christ-honoring heart. . . .
“Calvin’s Institutio is one of the wonders of the theological world, too—that is, the world of truth, faithfulness, and coherence in the mind regarding God; of combat, regrettable but inescapable, with intellectual insufficiency and error in believers and unbelievers alike; and of vision, valuation, and vindication of God as he presents himself through his Word to our fallen and disordered minds.”
- J. I. Packer