Customer Reviews: Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Volume Set)
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on December 23, 2012
this book is large of corse but that is to be expected, the rough part of this book is that it has words to make a collage professor spin.
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on January 7, 2015
It arrived quickly, it's in great condition, and it was packaged well but one of the volumes was a misprint. The jacket cover is on upside down.
But it's okay I guess I just decided to use it because I needed it urgently.
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on January 7, 2013
I've wanted a copy of this for a long time. I bought a used copy and regret that decision. The price was great, but I'm going to want to keep a copy of this for the rest of my life and will read it multiple times. I would rather not have a copy that someone decided to mark up with a highlighter.

Excellent book - one of the greats. This version has a great binding and is comfortable to read.
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on December 4, 2013
has a kindle version! used for masters course how stupid is to have to write a certain amount of words! would have been another star but.....
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VINE VOICEon May 8, 2001
. . .because I am not a Calvinist!
HOWEVER, there is no denying that John Calvin was one of the greatest theological thinkers of all time, regardless of whether one accepts his views. Certainly, among Protestantism, his work represents the first, and until Karl Barth's "Church Dogmatics", the greatest attempt at Systematic Theology in the Reform Protestant tradition. His work gave legitimate academic and philosophical credibility to the Reformation.
His "Institutes" deserve a place in the library of every theologian, regardless of denominational affiliation or level of agreement. It's too important an historical resource to be without.
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on June 29, 2000
Please find hereby a small bucket (or large glass) of lukewarm (Rev 3) and fog-dispensing water to cast upon this Calvin lovefest. I come not to praise Calvin but to bury him (for those who think this man carried off as Elijah never seeing death).
It cannot be doubted that our Jean Cauvin was mightily used by our gracious and sovereign God in the furtherance of many aspects of His Kingdom, including, perhaps most fundamentally, a renewed and disciplined return to the scriptures as the comprehensive foundation of our theology. For this, young Jean (he was approx. 27 when he published the 1st edition) deserves our unqualified commendations and a warm place in our collective hearts.
But taken for all and all, Calvin (Cauvin, fr.)was yet a man, and as all men, full of deceit, compromised motives, and sinful conduct. Although our Cal's theology was gloriously used to overthrow tyranny and despotism throught the Occident (the English and American revolutions as but two examples), in Cal's own Geneve their was only an increase of Caesar's power of coersion over the church, family and individual, all under Cal's approving eye (or willing arm, e.g. Servetus).
In summary, Calvin of Geneve was indisputably a petty tyrant who, by mistaking his every opinion for the equivalent of God's Holy Word, suffered no other opinion of theological, ecclesiastical or political import to exist free from his virulent persecution. Sadly, this aspect of Calvin's arrogance is found througout his Institutes. Calvin habitually refers to any who express a different interpretation of a passage or doctrine as "virulent dogs," "pigs," "swine," and most fouly "enemies of God's grace." Calvin's incredible arrogance (his defender's will say "sincerity") damns all who disagree with even his most absurd interpretations (c.f. Gen 4, Cal claims that God is addressing Able in his address to Cain).
This understood, the Institues are still filled with many passages of profound and upright doctrine, legitimate exegesis and wise insight.
It is only warned the reader that there be many tares among the wheat in both Calvin's life and his writings.
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