Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 3


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(4.9 stars; 10 reviews)

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, with the definitive editions appearing in 1559 (Latin) and in 1560 (French).

The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some learning already and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone and Christian liberty, and it vigorously attacked the teachings of those Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The over-arching theme of the book – and Calvin's greatest theological legacy – is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election.

The Institutes are a primary reference for the system of doctrine adopted by the Reformed churches, usually called Calvinism.

Book Three of the Institutes, "which contains a full exposition of the Third Part of the Apostles’ Creed, treats of the mode of procuring the grace of Christ, the benefits which we derive and the effects which follow from it, or of the operations of the Holy Spirit in regard to our salvation." (Summary from Wikipedia & Book 3 Argument) (24 hr 41 min)

Chapters

01 - Argument 3:35 Read by Diana Majlinger
02 - The Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us 18:27 Read by BigStory
03 - Of Faith, pt 1 34:53 Read by Sienna
04 - Of Faith, pt 2 38:00 Read by Nicole Kay
05 - Of Faith, pt 3 34:34 Read by Nicole Kay
06 - Of Faith, pt 4 26:05 Read by Nicole Kay
07 - Of Faith, pt 5 23:25 Read by Andrew Bowles
08 - Regeneration by Faith; Of Repentance, pt 1 42:50 Read by TriciaG
09 - Regeneration by Faith; Of Repentance, pt 2 44:15 Read by TriciaG
10 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 1 36:18 Read by Sienna
11 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 2 38:50 Read by edbucks
12 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 3 29:09 Read by Nicole Kay
13 - Penitence Widely Different from Purity, pt 4 40:11 Read by CurtisLMattson
14 - Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction 50:30 Read by CurtisLMattson
15 - The Life of a Christian Man 22:11 Read by Graeme Dunlop
16 - A Summary of the Christian Life 47:22 Read by Graeme Dunlop
17 - Of Bearing the Cross 32:53 Read by Andrew Bowles
18 - Of Meditating on the Future Life 20:24 Read by Andrew Bowles
19 - How to Use the Present Life 16:00 Read by Andrew Bowles
20 - Of Justification by Faith, pt 1 39:31 Read by TriciaG
21 - Of Justification by Faith, pt 2 46:32 Read by TriciaG
22 - Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment Seat 25:04 Read by Ricky St. Claire
23 - Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justification 16:28 Read by Michael Lipschultz
24 - The Beginning of Justification, pt 1 41:54 Read by Bill Mosley
25 - The Beginning of Justification, pt 2 39:07 Read by Bill Mosley
26 - The Boasted Merit of Works Subversive 32:03 Read by CurtisLMattson
27 - Refutation of the Calumnies 13:49 Read by Michael Lipschultz
28 - The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled, pt 1 27:28 Read by Ricky St. Claire
29 - The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled, pt 2 26:32 Read by Ricky St. Claire
30 - The Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewards 39:01 Read by TriciaG
31 - Of Christian Liberty, pt 1 25:10 Read by Sienna
32 - Of Christian Liberty, pt 2 21:42 Read by Sienna
33 - Of Prayer, pt 1 37:48 Read by Adam Oellermann
34 - Of Prayer, pt 2 43:17 Read by Nicole Kay
35 - Of Prayer, pt 3 38:20 Read by Nicole Kay
36 - Of Prayer, pt 4 34:46 Read by Guero
37 - Of Prayer, pt 5 31:19 Read by Guero
38 - Of Prayer, pt 6 28:08 Read by TriciaG
39 - Of the Eternal Election 37:14 Read by Dave Whitman
40 - This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture pt 1 22:50 Read by Kalynda
41 - This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture pt 2 18:46 Read by Kalynda
42 - Refutation of the Calumnies, pt 1 26:43 Read by Rom Maczka
43 - Refutation of the Calumnies, pt 2 28:14 Read by Rom Maczka
44 - Election Confirmed by the Calling of God pt 1 32:36 Read by J.R. Omahen
45 - Election Confirmed by the Calling of God pt 2 37:20 Read by Nicole Kay
46 - Of the Last Resurrection, pt 1 35:03 Read by Guero
47 - Of the Last Resurrection, pt 2 34:50 Read by Guero

Reviews

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(4 stars)

Many have spoken of John Calvin's expository message on election as through they completely understood it. In Book 3, Chapter 21 (or audio file 39) Calvin, himself, posits the dangers of exploring this theological concept. Indeed, if more people would read or listen to what is really said, far fewer would speak on it. Either because they are willing to admit that they don't understand or because they do understand and feel no need to argue. This recording is a typical Librivox and is clear and easy to understand.

Institution Of Christian Faith Is Another Great Book


(5 stars)

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