Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541. The book serves as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some previous knowledge of theology and covers a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty. It vigorously attacks teachings which Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The overarching theme of the book - and Calvin's greatest theological legacy - is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. Institutes of the Christian Religion is highly-regarded as a secondary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, which is commonly referred to as Calvinism.
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I love reading Christian books, mostly by Reformed authors. I'm always looking for accurate biographies and Church history.
That's a difficult question to answer. The Institutes are much easier to understand than I thought. I thought this was only to be read by theologians, but as a lay person, it's very easy to understand. Bob Souer did an excellent job of narrating! So, his smooth voice and even levels made it enjoyable to listen to. Good job Bob!
This is a non fiction book, so, it's not a story....
I loved the Doctrines of Grace and Calvin's writing on prayer.
No, because it runs 67 hours :) But I listen to it several times a week.
Wonderful narration! This book is not for everyone. I would highly suggest that people who are leery of "Calvinisn"--read this book, or any book that Calvin writes. It's very Biblical. It changed me from a Synergist to a Monergist. I am sold that the Doctrines of Grace are Biblical.
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This audio split into 8 sections, but the chapters are split up quite well. Since the Institutes has a well-defined indexing (book:chapter:section), it shouldn't be too hard to jump to where you want to go.
The narrator's voice was perfect for this text.
While the institutes are a must read, this book is very hard to navigate. In every chapter he reads through the contents which is tedious and doesn't work as well in audio as it may in written format
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I couldn't finish it
You can see the Calvin had trained as a lawyer by his arguments. He is clear, brings to bear lots of evidence, and makes sure to refute all the counter arguments. If you were not already aware you may notice the heavy reliance for important doctrinal points on the books of Isiah and John primarily. They are both often quoted in the text, and given the overall length of the work, that works out to a great number of quotations. I see his point, at times, was to try and reconcile the irreconcilable. Modern scholarship has moved away from the idea of single divinely inspired authors so there are points where the Bible is inconsistent. I do think Calvin does a marvelous job trying to make sense of it all. I also appreciate his references back to Greek sources, and he appears to have some familiarity with Biblical Greek. It's an interesting creation. It felt, at times, repetitive, and I think that partly comes from the thoroughness of the work. Given its length, I don't recommend this to the average reader -- you have to really want to read this book.
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