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Calvin: Origins and Development of His Religious Thought

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The year 1986 marks the four hundred fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. In this important book by a leading European scholar, Calvin's life and thought are summarized in relation to the political and intellectual currents of the turbulent era of the Reformation.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Baker Academic
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Excellent. This is the best Theological Survey of Calvin's thought that I have read to date and it is still the standard. If you want a fair and level headed survey of the origin and development of Calvin's theological thought, pick this one up. It won't disappoint for what it has proposed to do.
Wendel's exposition is clear, helpful, and judicious. There is no obvious partisan cast here, nor any especially ambitious interpretive agenda. Wendel does suggest late that the major theme is the absolute divinity of Christ, of which he adduces examples I find astonishing.

As I'm slated to spend this term actually reading the Institutes-- which I haven't before-- I can't comment on the persuasiveness of Wendel's case. His book appears to remain something of a classic, so I assume it's sound. Mos...more
Steven Wedgeworth
Fantastic. The best theological survey of Calvin and decently sized. Still a standard.
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