Blogging The Institutes
Some find it misguided to praise men. It was, after all, the Corinthian problem that they openly declared their allegiance to men: Apollos, Paul, or Peter. In doing so they caused major divisions in the Corinthian church. But we are not, I think, to conclude from this that we are never to express...
Iain D Campbell
I remember where I was when I got my very first copy of Calvin's Institutes . I was crossing the Minch on the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry that takes over two and a half hours to travel between my native Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and the mainland of Scotland. A Free Church elder who is now...
Ligon Duncan
Why should you read through Calvin's Institutes with the lads here at ref21 as we blog through this work every weekday of 2009? Ten reasons: 1. Because it the most important book written in the last 500 years. 2. Because it is foundational for every Reformed systematic theology ever since. 3...
Justin Taylor
A helpful book to have in your library is A Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes: Essays and Analysis , ed. David Hall and Peter Lillback. J.I. Packer has a most helpful foreword, which is a helpful preface to reading the Institutes itself. You can read the foreword online . Here is an excerpt...
Thabiti Anyabwile
That's why I am excitedly looking forward to reading through The Institutes with the Ref21 gang. Calvin was an incredibly fruitful discipler of man. By God's grace he turned out hundreds of men for the ministry, shaping them according to God's word and filling them with a majestic vision of God and...
The Institutes begins with an introductory, "To the Reader" making references to the unexpected "success" of "the first edition" (1536), the "summary" nature of its contents, the publication of further editions (in Latin: 1539, 1543, 1550 and 1559; and in French: 1541 and 1560), and the hope that...
Justin Taylor
A reader asked about the different English translations of Calvin's Institutes . Any translation would probably be serviceable in understanding Calvin's main intent. We will be using the Battles/McNeill translation for blogging through the Institutes. There are four main English translators/...
Although the Institutes itself grew five-fold from its first to the fifth edition, the contents of the Preface written to King Francis I remained largely the same. Precedent for publishing an introductory theological essay to the King had been set by both Guillaume Farel and Huldrych Zwingli in...
Rome's antagonism towards the Reformers, and Calvin in particular, was that what they taught was "new" and "of recent birth." To this charge Calvin responds with evident feeling: "First, by calling it "new" they do great wrong to God, whose Sacred Word does not deserve to be accused of novelty...
How is the true church to be known? Calvin's response in the preface to the Institutes is clear: it is known by "the pure preaching of God's Word and the lawful administration of the sacraments." Contrary to Roman insistence that the church is always marked by great pomp and is always visible,...