Henry Beveridge, the translator has done a truly excellent job of putting Calvin’s work into a very readable English format. If you have ever wanted to read Calvin, here is your chance.
Frankly, one might compare the study of Calvin to the opportunity to either sit with Christ on the mount or later to hear Matthew retell the story. Why go to a secondary source when Calvin is so easy to understand and so readily available in this edition? These pages bring Calvin right into your living room, where you learn the reformed faith first hand. Superlative words. Yes, but I feel totally justified in using them, and may have understated the value. I haven’t laid down my copy since it arrived, and I know they will be read many times through if our Lord tarries in His return. Not only do I now have a reference work where I can easily find and understand Calvin’s point of view on any subject, it makes great reading and devotional material
to be read daily.
I thoroughly enjoy the older texts of the Reformed Faith and find it worth while to struggle through some of the older English language to see the pure spirit of our forefathers shine through, as they gloried in the light and love of God. This text gives me that enjoyment, but in the common English of today.
The references to Greek, Latin, or French are explained well enough in the footnotes that they do not pose a problem. Such references to words in the original languages have been held to a very minimum and used only where apologetics demand them.
To sum it up: Pastor, student, or layman, if you don’t have this work in your study collection, such a collection is incomplete.
Complete enough to suit the demands of the scholar, written so the average layman can understand, here is John Calvin. This is a terrific tool in understanding our Reformed faith from the very father of the reformation that led to the Presbyterian Church
French theologian John Calvin, b. July 10, 1509, d. May 27, 1564, was, after Martin Luther, the guiding spirit of the Protestant Reformation. If Luther sounded the trumpet for reform, Calvin orchestrated the score by which the Reformation became a part of Western civilization. Calvin studied in Paris, probably from 1521 to 1526, where he was introduced to humanistic scholarship and to appeals for reform of the church. He then studied law at his father's bidding from about 1525 to 1530. When his father died in 1531, Calvin turned immediately to his first love - study of the classics and theology. Between 1526 and 1531, he experienced a distinctly Protestant conversion. "God," he wrote much later, "at last turned my course in another direction by the secret rein of his providence." Calvin's first published work was a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia (1532). A profusion of influential commentaries on books of the Bible followed.
His position in France became precarious when in 1533 his friend Nicholas Cop, rector of the University of Paris, gave a public address supporting reform. Eventually Calvin was forced to flee in 1535 to Basel, Switzerland. There he produced a small book about his new reformed beliefs. It was designed to offer a brief summary of essential Christian belief and to defend French Protestants, who were then undergoing serious persecution, as true heirs of the early church. This first edition of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536) contained only six brief sections. By the last edition (1559), it had grown to 79 full chapters. The Institutes presents with unmatched clarity a vision of God in his majesty, of Christ as prophet, priest, and king, of the Holy Spirit as the giver of faith, of the Bible as the final authority, and of the church as the holy people of God. Its doctrine of Predestination is Calvin's deduction from his belief in human sinfulness and God's sovereign mercy in Christ.
During Calvin's last years, Geneva was home to many religious refugees who carried away the desire to implement a Genevan reform in their own countries. His personal letters and published works reached from the British Isles to the Baltic. The Geneva Academy, founded in 1559, extended the circle of his influence. His lucid use of French promoted that language much as Luther's work spread the influence of German. By the time he died, Calvin, in spite of a reserved personality, had generated profound love among his friends and intense scorn from his enemies. His influence, which spread throughout the Western world, was felt especially in Scotland through the work of John Knox. 1,320 pages in 2 volumes, blue hard cover binding.
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