We will be looking at a number of books by and about John Calvin in the next few months. At this stage, the following three volumes are most important. I’m tracing Calvin’s thought using the Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559 edition) in the form of the 1960 McNeill and Battles translation (because I’m told its the best). The 2-volume work is published by Westminster John Knox Press (ISBNs 9780664220280, 0664220282). I’m told the cloth version pictured below is no longer available.
I am told this hardcover edition (no dust jackets) is the standard issue now …
A Life of John Calvin is an excellent biography by Alister McGrath. It has been very useful in understanding Calvin’s life, his theological development, the central themes of his theology and the broader cultural impact of Calvinism. A Life is a limiting title for the scope of the book. It was published by Blackwell in 1990 (ISBNs 0631189475, 9780631189473).
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