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Institutes of the Christian Religion Audiobook

Institutes of the Christian Religion

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.
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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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    Lauren Holladay Southwest Florida 09-13-15
    Lauren Holladay Southwest Florida 09-13-15 Member Since 2016

    I love reading Christian books, mostly by Reformed authors. I'm always looking for accurate biographies and Church history.

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    "A Must Read/Listen For Reformed Christians!"
    What did you love best about Institutes of the Christian Religion?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a non fiction book, so, it's not a story....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the Doctrines of Grace and Calvin's writing on prayer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because it runs 67 hours :) But I listen to it several times a week.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Betz Spring Hill, KS United States 08-21-14
    David Betz Spring Hill, KS United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent voice for an excellent classic."
    If you could sum up Institutes of the Christian Religion in three words, what would they be?

    The Christian Faith


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Josiah A. Walton 01-24-16
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There aren't any characters


    What three words best describe Bob Souer’s performance?

    Underwhelming


    Was Institutes of the Christian Religion worth the listening time?

    I couldn't finish it


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Palo Alto, CA United States 09-29-15
    David Palo Alto, CA United States 09-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "You can tell Calvin was a lawyer"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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