John Calvin

I'VE BEEN reading John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. I'm using the translation by John Allen. Addressed to the King of France, the book is considered one of the best books ever written in Christendom.

John Calvin is an intelligent, deeply thoughtful man whose writing reflects his faith and convictions. It's a feast for the soul. I can't believe I'm only starting to actually read classic Christian literature now.

Calvin summarizes his work:

Man, created originally upright, being afterwards ruined, not partially, but totally, finds salvation out of himself, wholly in Christ; to whom being united by the Holy Spirit, freely bestowed, without any regard of future works, he enjoys in him a twofold benefit, the perfect imputation of righteousness, which attends him to the grave, and the commencement of sanctification, which he daily increases, till at length he completes it at the day of regeneration or resurrection of the body, so that in eternal life and the heavenly inheritance his praises are celebrated for such stupendous mercy.


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2 thoughts on “John Calvin”

  1. Good for you, Lance. I can only imagine desiring to read them good ole stalwarts. Soon you'll be working your way up to Augustine of Hippo, I suppose. Do you get your books from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (http://www.ccel.org/about)?

  2. I've read Augustine's Confessions—one of my favorite books of all time. No, I get mine from Project Gutenberg. I should check that site out.

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