Holy Catholic Church (Institutes of the Christian Religion)
This is the fourth work in the well-known series known as The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. In our Pure Gold Classics series, this book follows God the Creator, God the Redeemer, and Obtaining the Grace of Christ. These books form what has been called the Magnum Opus of Christian Theology.
Relying heavily on the Scriptures, Calvin addresses three primary topics in this book:
1. The universal Church of Jesus Christits unity, government, power, and discipline
2. The sacraments of the Churchbaptism and the Lord's Supper
3. The role of civil governmentmagistrates, laws, and the people
The foreword to this book states, "To read John Calvin is to study the work of some of the finest and sharpest pens in Christendom. Calvin was extremely well read and drew heavily from the writings of Tertullian, Origen, the apostles, Saint Augustine, and Bernard, to name only a few. . . . you will hear Calvin as he thunders. We beg your indulgence, and assure you that the occasional challenge is well worth the result. Welcome to the mind of Calvin.
Considered by many to be the definitive work of Christian theology, John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is available from Bridge-Logos in four beautifully presented volumes. This version is translated by Henry Beveridge and contains the same additional material in each book that readers will find helpful for historical background and learning more about the person of John Calvin: the original translator's preface, the note from the original printers to the readers, the prefatory address (John Calvin to Francis, King of France), Calvin's epistle to the reader (prefix to his last, revised edition), and The Life of John Calvin by John Foxe (of Foxe's Book of Martyrs fame). Closing out each book is a study guide, a list of one hundred aphorisms from the four books, A Defense of Calvinism by Charles Haddon Spurgeon and a summary of the Five Points of Calvinism. All books are paperback. ~ Zach