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Faith & Influential Books

on September 28, 2019

Ivan Mesa of the Gospel Coalition interviewed me about books that I’m recently reading, books I commend and books that have been formative. Read the interview here.

  1. Comment by S.M.Matthews jr on October 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Can you supply the exact Calvin citation from the Institutes? Regards

  2. Comment by Rebecca on October 7, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    The “Institutes” is on the web in pdf form. There are 4 books, in 2 volumes. It looks like book 3 would have what you are looking for, but all books have the contents listed. Hope this helps. Gutenberg seems to have a good translation.

  3. Comment by Don Bryant on October 4, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I am now an Arminian after a lifetime of Calvinism. I have never lost my love for Calvin and his Institutes, continuing to read them. How different his sermons and Institutes from medieval scholastics. That difference never fails to impress me. Grateful for the standard he set for Protestantism. We are all his progeny.

  4. Comment by Byrom on October 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve found that most of what I’ve heard about Calvin is his hard line on predestination. That is, some are saved and some are lost, and we don’t have a choice. Since I’m now dating a widow who is an elder in her PC(USA) church, I’ve delved more into Calvin and what the PC(USA). I’m a Methodist, and very Arminian. I found the current thinking of the PC(USA) is a little ambiguous about Calvin’s insistence on predestination. Personally, I suspect that Calving missed what Paul really meant in his letters, where predestination is concerned. I would agree that we probably miss what Calvin has to offer in other areas. My girlfriend and I have only briefly touched upon Calvin’s predestination, and I’m not sure exactly what she believes in that area. Regardless, it has not been a problem for us, as we are both strong Christians.

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