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Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book Two

Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book Two by John Calvin
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In Book Two of Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin provides a detailed examination of the knowledge of God as well as the nature and attributes of God. He explores topics such as the Trinity, God's providence, angels, and the creation of the world. Calvin's writing is clear and concise, making complex theological concepts accessible to readers.

One of the strengths of this book is Calvin's use of biblical references to support his arguments, grounding his teachings in scripture. His logical reasoning and systematic approach make the text flow smoothly, guiding readers through each topic with clarity and precision.

While the content may be heavy and require some concentration to fully grasp, Calvin's insights are thought-provoking and offer a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. Overall, Book Two of Institutes of the Christian Religion is a valuable resource for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of theology and grow in their understanding of God.

Book Description:
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 Two of the Institutes treats of the knowledge of God considered as a Redeemer in Christ, and showing man his falls conducts him to Christ the Mediator.

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