John Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion


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John Calvin, a Frenchman, was the most important systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation. Institutes of the Christian Religion was the first effort to form the ideas of Protestant theologians from Martin Luther onward into a complete system of Christian theology that would challenge the theology of the Catholic Church. The first edition appeared in 1536, shortly after Calvin had left France as the result of a government crackdown on Protestants. Calvin sought a broad...