• Institutes of the Christian Religion

  • By: John Calvin
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 67 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-25-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.7 (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Institutes of the Christian Religion is John Calvin's seminal work on Protestant systematic theology. Highly influential in the Western world and still widely read by theological students today, it was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541. The book serves as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some previous knowledge of theology and covers a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty. It vigorously attacks teachings which Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The overarching theme of the book - and Calvin's greatest theological legacy - is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. Institutes of the Christian Religion is highly-regarded as a secondary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, which is commonly referred to as Calvinism.
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By Lauren H. on 09-13-15

A Must Read/Listen For Reformed Christians!

What did you love best about Institutes of the Christian Religion?

That's a difficult question to answer. The Institutes are much easier to understand than I thought. I thought this was only to be read by theologians, but as a lay person, it's very easy to understand. Bob Souer did an excellent job of narrating! So, his smooth voice and even levels made it enjoyable to listen to. Good job Bob!

What did you like best about this story?

This is a non fiction book, so, it's not a story....

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the Doctrines of Grace and Calvin's writing on prayer.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because it runs 67 hours :) But I listen to it several times a week.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful narration! This book is not for everyone. I would highly suggest that people who are leery of "Calvinisn"--read this book, or any book that Calvin writes. It's very Biblical. It changed me from a Synergist to a Monergist. I am sold that the Doctrines of Grace are Biblical.

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By David Betz on 08-21-14

Excellent voice for an excellent classic.

If you could sum up Institutes of the Christian Religion in three words, what would they be?

The Christian Faith

Any additional comments?

This audio split into 8 sections, but the chapters are split up quite well. Since the Institutes has a well-defined indexing (book:chapter:section), it shouldn't be too hard to jump to where you want to go.<br/><br/>The narrator's voice was perfect for this text.

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By Paul Seville on 05-18-17


Whether you are a Calvinist, Reformed, evangelical or the complete opposite, Calvin's Institutes is the classic systematic theology book you need to read.

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By Rowan Crouch on 01-05-17

Well worth listening to.

I just finished listening and highly recommend to others. Easy to listen to and a great book by Calvin explaining and defending core doctrines of the Christian Faith and reformed theology in particular. I will listen again.

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