2009 marks the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, and throughout the year scholars from around the world are gathering to discuss Calvin and his influence. Calvin's Institutes is one of the great classics of Christian theology. Here a leading Calvin expert offers an affordable guide to reading the Institutes (keyed to the McNeill/Battles translation).
The book includes selected readings and annotations to offer readers a streamlined introduction to the heart of Calvin's theology. Dividing the Institutes into thirty-two portions, the author has chosen an average of eighteen pages to be read from each to cover the whole range of the Institutes and provide readers with passages critical to understanding Calvin's theology. The notes guide readers through the text, concentrating on the sections chosen for reading, summarizing the material, and drawing attention to the most significant footnotes in the McNeill/Battles edition. An introduction and questions at the beginning of each portion direct the reader's attention to important points, and a brief guide at the end of each portion suggests further reading. The book will serve professors and students in Institutes, Calvin, Reformed theology, and historical theology courses and readers seeking a guide to the Institutes.