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January 21, 2010
I have not started reading the actual book yet.. I'm in the introduction/epistle to the reader pages and am not a scholar (the actual Institutes starts on page 36). The language does require a dictionary and a LOT of thought process. What I have read so far, is just wonderful.. John's note to the King of France is just... Wow. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with understanding the difference between Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism. You have to go to the source of things to find answers! In this case, John Calvin's Institutes and the Holy Bible. Christianbook.com is a wonderful website to buy GREAT books for a LOW price! I could not believe I found this book for only $27.00 with free shipping (promotion)!! Retail value is for $36, plus tax! Thanks Christianbook.com!
The book is spiritual and devotional at core, its impact in history cannot be denied. Personally, I find this book (Beveridge's translation) superior to Ford's translation -- because it captures Calvin's devotional character well. Ford's translation is too academic and cold. As for Calvin's book, it expanded my view of God in a such way that it changed my worship and service to God. The book is utterly Biblical and God-glorifying. If you are going to delve into Christian Classic, this is well worth your time and energy. Calvin's theme in his life was "to illustrate the glory of God." And this book is full of such conviction.
Outstanding volume--a must own/read for those seeking to understand Reformation theology from the pen of one of the leading-edge reformers. Though Battle's translation may read easier, it is not as true to Calvin's original as Beveridge's offered here.
I love Calvin, but this translation is archaic. Get the better, easier to read translation by Ford Battles (in the library of Christian Classics series) for just a few dollars more. You'll be glad you did if you ever want to read the Institutes.
To understand Reformed Theology, you have to go to the source. Completely biblical, Calvin goes to the heart of a number of importantissues that are still being debated today. The 16th century style ofwriting can be difficult to follow, but it's well worth while.