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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.


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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

30 review for Institutes of the Christian Religion Volume V.1

  1. 4 out of 5

    An Idler

    I didn't expect Calvin to be so readable. His prose (translated from the Latin and styled by John McNeill in 1960) is forceful and clear. I also didn't expect him to be so passionate. There is no hint of the cold, cruel, calculating strawman so fondly abused by Catholics and Liberal Protestants. Even his famous polemical outbursts are warm with passionate metaphors, but he also expresses heartfelt compassion for the suffering of a sinful world. It's clear he had a desire to share the truth of Go I didn't expect Calvin to be so readable. His prose (translated from the Latin and styled by John McNeill in 1960) is forceful and clear. I also didn't expect him to be so passionate. There is no hint of the cold, cruel, calculating strawman so fondly abused by Catholics and Liberal Protestants. Even his famous polemical outbursts are warm with passionate metaphors, but he also expresses heartfelt compassion for the suffering of a sinful world. It's clear he had a desire to share the truth of God's love with anyone who would listen. This is red-blooded, full-throated theology.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell Kendall

    Calvin is worth reading directly. It is a delight to see how many have built upon his shoulders in using the same expressions and emphases; including the author's of the reformed confessions, especially the Westminster Standards. Many have drank from this fountain! His theology is devotional, practical, and full of sincere reverence. I especially enjoyed Book III on "How we receive the Grace of Christ" as well as his treatments on the abiding obligations of the moral law in its third use, which Calvin is worth reading directly. It is a delight to see how many have built upon his shoulders in using the same expressions and emphases; including the author's of the reformed confessions, especially the Westminster Standards. Many have drank from this fountain! His theology is devotional, practical, and full of sincere reverence. I especially enjoyed Book III on "How we receive the Grace of Christ" as well as his treatments on the abiding obligations of the moral law in its third use, which made me feel like an antinomian on more than one occasion!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Kelly

    Calvin was definitely a man of his times. His description of the Christian faith is often in reaction to the faiths and excesses of his generation, often to the point of Calvin merely setting up straw men so he can knock them down. He is clearly brilliant, and yet the book is attainable. I think he cherry-picks the Scripture that best supports his theology, but I suppose we are all guilty of that. The Church owes a great deal to Calvin. It's sad it has taken me this long to read him...at least v Calvin was definitely a man of his times. His description of the Christian faith is often in reaction to the faiths and excesses of his generation, often to the point of Calvin merely setting up straw men so he can knock them down. He is clearly brilliant, and yet the book is attainable. I think he cherry-picks the Scripture that best supports his theology, but I suppose we are all guilty of that. The Church owes a great deal to Calvin. It's sad it has taken me this long to read him...at least via English translators...rather than reading about him.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Herrod

    Reading this book was very valuable to me, because I can see where, in modern Christianity, we have inherited a lot of beliefs and values from John Calvin. I can see in reading this that he is a sincere, truly Christian man, but I also see some faults in his theology and logic. As another reviewer put it, he is a man of his time. He attempts to refute a lot of erroneous theological ideas that were cropping up during his time. Some of them are still relevant today and some not so much. One issue w Reading this book was very valuable to me, because I can see where, in modern Christianity, we have inherited a lot of beliefs and values from John Calvin. I can see in reading this that he is a sincere, truly Christian man, but I also see some faults in his theology and logic. As another reviewer put it, he is a man of his time. He attempts to refute a lot of erroneous theological ideas that were cropping up during his time. Some of them are still relevant today and some not so much. One issue with many such arguments is he sets up strawman arguments and knocks them over and then says that he has defeated the competition. In addition, he tends to rip verses out of their literary and cultural context to support many of his ideas. Again, Calvin seems to be a truly Christian man and so I don’t think he did this intentionally, but it is definitely done by him in this book. He tends to speak very much from a western cultural perspective and tends to ignore or perhaps be in genuine ignorance about many of the eastern cultural flavorings of the Old Testament and in many cases, the New Testament. This I believe is one of the reasons that some of his theological thoughts and arguments are not quite right. The places I believe he shines on in this book are his sections on Angels and Demons and his generally spiritual answers. He tends to ignore physical, natural world type explanations of spiritual matters and he even puts down logic, saying that God is higher than logic. I have a problem with this because God actually created the world that we live in and the world he created is orderly and wonderful and so can be studied using logic and many times, facts from the natural world. So there are good points and bad points in Calvin’s writings. His writings are still valuable today , but should be read with caution and the facts in it should be double checked.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Smith

    Calvin does some great expositions of why the Christian life means and is. I do wish he would limit his polemics against the Catholic Church, as the book could be much smaller.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Reichard

    A thick and intense book about Calvin's theology of the Bible. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a book systematic theology or who wants to better understand the word of God A thick and intense book about Calvin's theology of the Bible. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a book systematic theology or who wants to better understand the word of God

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hany Abdelmalek

    I think this volume is far better than the second part of the Institutes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    So, I actually didn't finish this book. I know, bad me! I only wanted to get the feel of Calvin's writings. I think Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith is more easily understood. I liked some of Calvin's ideas, for an example his idea that Moses did not introduce a new God, but one that had been with the Isrealites for centuries; but some of them were things that I didn't agree with. It was interesting to learn a little more on the idea of the Trinity, but I was never going to finish that book So, I actually didn't finish this book. I know, bad me! I only wanted to get the feel of Calvin's writings. I think Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith is more easily understood. I liked some of Calvin's ideas, for an example his idea that Moses did not introduce a new God, but one that had been with the Isrealites for centuries; but some of them were things that I didn't agree with. It was interesting to learn a little more on the idea of the Trinity, but I was never going to finish that book...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I would urge anyone who is interested in theology to at least dip into this. Calvin is a powerful writer and surprisingly readable. Also, many of the ideas people have about Calvin seem to be from his image in the general culture, not from his writings. In "Institutes," Calvin writes with a pastoral tone, compassionate with human weakness, but stern toward hypocrisy and posers. I would urge anyone who is interested in theology to at least dip into this. Calvin is a powerful writer and surprisingly readable. Also, many of the ideas people have about Calvin seem to be from his image in the general culture, not from his writings. In "Institutes," Calvin writes with a pastoral tone, compassionate with human weakness, but stern toward hypocrisy and posers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Marie

    It has taken me almost a month to read, jot down notes on things I read in this book but I will say that I have learned a lot in the first volume. I will soon begin the journey of reading the second volume, I actually agree with some of the points that Calvin discusses throughout his Institutes on the Christian Religion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    I am not going to lie, this book was very dry reading. That being said, once you get into it, you realize that it's dry like a fine wine, and you are much richer for the experience. I am not going to lie, this book was very dry reading. That being said, once you get into it, you realize that it's dry like a fine wine, and you are much richer for the experience.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shea Layton

    Thank God I'm finally done. Regardless of doctrinal disagreements, Calvin's hubris makes his writings almost unbearable. Thank God I'm finally done. Regardless of doctrinal disagreements, Calvin's hubris makes his writings almost unbearable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Baker

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    Steve

  16. 5 out of 5

    raeanne jones

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Hudson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Reuben A

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  20. 4 out of 5

    Drew Kay

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matt Everhart

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Geddes

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Joe Standerwick

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shane Orrison

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan Miller

  29. 5 out of 5

    Camila

  30. 4 out of 5

    Drake Johnson

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