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By , Calvin had disengaged himself from the Roman Catholic Church and made plans to permanently leave France and go to Strasbourg. Thus began a long, difficult, yet ultimately fruitful relationship with that city. He began as a lecturer and preacher, but by was asked to leave because of theological conflicts. He went to Strasbourg until His stay there as a pastor to French refugees was so peaceful and happy that when in the Council of Geneva requested that he return to Geneva, he was emotionally torn.

He wanted to stay in Strasbourg but felt a responsibility to return to Geneva. He did so and remained in Geneva until his death May 27, Those years were filled with lecturing, preaching, and the writing of commentaries, treatises, and various editions of the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Institutio Christianae Religionis , a seminal work in Christian theology that is still read by theological students today.

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 overarching theme of the book — and Calvin's greatest theological legacy — is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. Calvin also produced many volumes of commentary on most of the books of the Bible. For the Old Testament , he published commentaries for all books except the histories after Joshua though he did publish his sermons on First Samuel and the Wisdom literature other than the Book of Psalms.

These commentaries, too, have proved to be of lasting value to students of the Bible, and they are still in print after over years. Calvin developed his theology, the most enduring component of his thought, in his biblical commentaries as well as his sermons and treatises, and he gave the most concise expression of his views on Christian theology in his magnum opus , the Institutes of the Christian Religion.

The second edition, published in , was three times as long because he added chapters on subjects that appear in Melanchthon's Loci Communes. In , he again added new material and expanded a chapter on the Apostles' Creed. The final edition of the Institutes appeared in By then, the work consisted of four books of eighty chapters, and each book was named after statements from the creed: Calvin produced commentaries on most of the books of the Bible. His first commentary on Romans was published in , and he planned to write commentaries on the entire New Testament.

However, it took six years before he wrote his second, a commentary on I Corinthians. He did not lose any more time in reaching his goal. Within four years he had published commentaries on all the Pauline epistles , and he also revised the commentary on Romans.

He then turned his attention on the general epistles , dedicating them to Edward VI of England. By he had completed his work on the New Testament, finishing with the Acts and the Gospels he did omit only the brief second and third Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation. The material for the commentaries often originated from lectures to students and ministers that he would re-work for publication. However, from onwards, he could not find the time to continue this method, and he gave permission for his lectures to be published from stenographers' notes.

These Praelectiones covered the minor prophets , Daniel , Jeremiah , Lamentations , and part of Ezekiel. In the controversial matter of interpreting prophecy such as that in the Book of Daniel, Calvin proposed a preterist view, which is to say that he believed that the prophecies in the book of Daniel apply only to the history between prophet Daniel BC and Jesus' first coming 30 AD.

Many of his works have been translated into English—some several times—and have gone through numerous editions. He is best known for his Institutes and commentaries covering almost the entire Bible, but these are only a portion of all that he wrote. He also penned hundreds of pages of sermons, letters, tracts, and treatises. The Calvin Collection includes volumes. Ioannis Calvini opera quae supersunt omnia. Ioannis Calvini opera omnia denuo recognita et adnotatione critica instructa notisque illustrata.

Joannis Calvini opera selecta. The Institution of the Christian Religion. Translated by Thomas Norton. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Translated by John Allen. Translated by Henry Beveridge. Calvin Translation Society, God the Creator, God the Redeemer: Edited by John T. Translated by Ford Lewis Battles. The Library of Christian Classics 20— Edited by Donald K. Westminster John Knox, Institution de la religion chrestienne.

Edited by Jean-Daniel Benoit. Library of Christian Classics. A Harmony of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Torrance and Thomas Forsyth Torrance.

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John Calvin (–) was one of the leading figures among the second generation of Protestant Reformers. His writings were widely distributed throughout Europe and were instrumental in the spread of the Reformation. Books about Calvin and his thought continue to roll of the presses to this very day. The following is a list of some of the best works by and about John Calvin. The John Calvin Site Calvin's Latin writings fill 59 volumes of the massive Corpus Reformatorum. Many of his works have been translated into English—some several times—and have gone through numerous editions.