Book Review: Institutes Of The Christian Religion

Edge Induced Cohesion

Institutes Of The Christian Religion, by John Calvin

I likely would never have read this book, despite my considerable curiosity about Calvin and his religious system [1], had this book not been included as one of the twenty five books that all Christians supposedly should read.  I also must state that I appreciated this book a great deal more than I expected to.  That is not to say that this was an easy book to read or that I read it quickly–it took me more than a month to read this book all the way through and at times was a very difficult book to read, yet I felt it necessarily to read it honestly and fairly, and I think that Calvin comes off as a far more sympathetic writer than many of his followers do.  Part of this has to do with the fact that Calvin is a much…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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