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The Institutes of Christian Religion [Paperback]

By John Calvin (Author), Tony Lane (Editor) & Hilary Osborne (Editor)
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John Calvin's Institutes has established itself as "one of the most important theological works ever written," writes Tony Lane. This abridged edition of the Institutes provides a readable and inexpensive sampler of Calvin's greatest work. Lane has condensed the 1559 edition, retaining the heart of Calvin's teaching on all his major themes. Hilary Osborne has put Henry Beveridge's translation "in simpler and more modern English." The result is "a selection from the Institutes which is manageable for the average modern reader, in terms of length and of intelligibility." Lane reminds us that Calvin designed the Institutes "to be a practical book .... He requires of all doctrine that it be scriptural and that it be useful for Christian living."

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This abridged edition of the "Institutes "provides a readable and inexpensive sampler of Calvin's greatest work. Lane has condensed the 1559 edition, retaining the heart of Calvin's teachings on all his major themes.

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Format: Abridged
Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2012
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Age  18
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0801025249  
ISBN13  9780801025242  

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John Calvin

JOHN CALVIN (1509-1564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible.

Alister McGrath (PhD, University of Oxford) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and coeditor of Crossway's Classic Commentaries series.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

John Calvin lived in Noyon. John Calvin was born in 1509 and died in 1564.

John Calvin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Calvin's New Testament Commentaries
  2. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  3. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  4. Commentaries by John Calvin
  5. God the Creator
  6. Harper Collins Spiritual Classics
  7. Pure Gold Classics

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Calvin's Institutes as Hors D'oeuvre  Sep 9, 2006
Qick, compact and precise is how I would describe Tony Lane's abridgement of Calvin's Institutes. Lane eliminates much of Calvin's polemic against Catholicism and the Pope, yet keeps his flow of thought and argumentation smoothly rolling along. Lane doesn't eliminate or bypass the doctrines that people have difficulty with. He gives them fair treatment. Reading this book makes one want to go back to Calvin's unabridged version and examine things in more detail and depth.

This is an extremely easy read. Tony Lane does a great job in bringing John Calvin's pastoral heart out in his writings. As soon as you start reading this book you can notice that Calvin was not some far-off removed theological iceberg, but was a pastor first and foremost.

Excellent work. Excellent read. You can't pass it up for the price!

Only because of grace,
Calvin Compressed  Apr 2, 2006
"The Institutes of the Christian Religion" began as a rather short monograph, but grew to a multivolume treatise as Calvin revised and rewrote it over his career. This abridgement cuts away the excess and brings the reader the essentials of Calvin's theology.

Surprisingly, that theology, although not jovial, is not as somber as the popular portrayal. Calvin states his ideas and backs them up with scriptural citations, well constructed argument, and references to earlier Christian writers, most notably St. Augustine. He gives a defense of predestination which almost, but not quite, convinces.

In the chapter on the Church, Calvin writes of differences in doctrine and makes a call for tolerance of differing views--so long as they are not TOO different. It would be interesting to know if those words were written before or after the Servetus incident.

Another issue Calvin addresses in the chapter on the Church is church discipline. He outlines his theories on Bible-based discipline, and they are almost identical to modern-day church discipline in many Bible Belt churches.

Those with little experience of Calvinism can find it an off-putting theology. Read this book and "Calvin for the Armchair Theologian," and you might not convert, but you'll have a much more sympathetic view of Calvinism.
great abridgement of Calvin' s most excellent work...  Feb 26, 2003
If you're looking for an easy reading abridgement of the Institutes, this is an excellent choice. I enjoyed getting an overview of Calvin's work during devotions and before bed without having to think too hard about "translating the translation" which is so often the case with older translations. The fact of the matter is that there are other abridgements that may do the trick also, but this one does just fine for me. I'll read it again and again. So, if you want a overview of Calvin's Institutes without having to deal with the "intricate" details, think about this one... if you want an exhaustive history/biography of his life and works, obviously this won't do it for you.
Thank you Tony Lane!!  Aug 25, 2001
This book is an abridgement of Calvin's much larger "Institutes." Tony Lane has paraphrased sections of Battles' translation into crisper, more idiomatic English so as to make Calvin's writing accessible to the contemporary reader. I first read this book as a 16 year old and I found no difficulty in understanding it! The guiding principle of Lane's abridgement is that Calvin's positive theological statements and arguments are, more or less, left in tact, while the (sometimes vindictive) polemics that Calvin indulged in are removed. I personally like this feature, because it enables one to see more clearly how edifying and pastoral Calvin's theology is. Calvin's extensive polemics, in this respect, can have the influence of making the modern reader lose sight of this. Lane follows the standard referencing system for the "Institutes" used in the Battles' translation. This is extremely useful, because when Lane indicates that he has abridged Calvin in a certain chapter or section, one can then go to the Battles' version to see what he has left out! Lane gives the reader enough of the "Institutes" so that one can grasp the flow of Calvin's arguments and penetrate to the centre of his theology. After reading this, I got the impression that I hadn't read a disjointed series of abstracts but a COHERENT arguement. It's Lane's ability to maintain the structure of Calvin's overall argument that makes this abridgement especially good. This book serves as an excellent entry into Calvin for the general (or busy) reader. It's short enough so that the attention span is not strained. As a text for a seminary or college course on Calvin's theology, it's a book that students could realistically read through in a semester. This book, taken together with the abridgements of many of Calvin's commentaries in the Crossway Classic Commentaries series, would provide an accessible (and relatively comprehensive) grasp of Calvin's theology and exegesis for the interested pastor or layperson.
Hard Core Calvin  Feb 15, 2001
This is the hard core of the much longer Institutes. The translation of the title is slightly different than the Ford Lewis Battles full-bore 2-Vol. set, which goes by "Institutes of The Christian Religion." Perhaps that's refreshing for hard-core students of the Battles version.

I was describing this abridgement to a friend as "pretty much the core of the 15% to 20% of what's left of the Insitutes when when you cut out all Calvin's footnotes ranting against the Catholics and accusing his foes of being dogs returning to their vomit." The friend's reply: "But those are the best parts." However, for those readers who would be put off by the hand-to-hand combat found in Calvin's profusion of footnotes (or more properly, in Dr. Battles's vast multiplication of explanatory footnotes), this volume is helpful. Here we have simply Calvin cut loose from his scholastic bickering conflicts.

It only seems less Calvinistic to read through this so easily.


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