Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume 1 by John Calvin

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Less than the supervision of John McNeill, a workforce of professional Latinists and Calvin students labored to provide what has develop into the definitive English variation of the "Institutes". All prior variants have been consulted; references and notes have been established; and new bibliographies have been additional. the interpretation itself preserves the energy and vividness of Calvin's prose, whereas now not flinching from breaking apart overly lengthy sentences to comply to trendy English utilization, or, anywhere attainable, rendering technical theological phrases in uncomplicated language.

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Warfield, an article published in The Presbyterian and Reformed Review X (1899), 193—219, and inserted with some changes in the 1909 edition of Allen's translation. D. Clement, in Bibliotheque curieuse historique et critique, ou Catalogue raisonne de livres difficiles a. trouver VI. 64-102, provides much convenient information on special features of numerous early editions known to him, but this excellent work is now rare. There is an extensive account in the Corpus Reformatorum edition of Calvin's works (CR XX1II-XLVI), but this is superseded by that given in the Opera Selecta (OS), edited by P.

Allen was a layman who had become head of a Dissenting Academy at Hackney. His other writings included an earlier controversial work entitled The Fathers, the Reformers, and the Public Formularies of England in Harmony with Calvin . . (1811), and a treatise on modern Judaism (1816). The greater part of Allen's translation was made from the Latin and revised with consultation of the French version; for the remainder he used both versions alike. Although he dismisses Norton's translation as "long antiquated, uncouth, and obscure," his principle of translation differs little from that of Norton.

49 That God is the Author of Scripture is capable of rational demonstration, but this would be wholly ineffectual to build up a sound faith. Its authority is self-authenticating to those who yield to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The testimony of the Holy Spirit is more excellent than all reason. Certainty of its divine truth such as piety requires is ours only when ** IV. viii. 9. 46 CR XLIX. 49. Similarly, Calvin's own quotations of Scripture, while true to the sense, are often verbally free.

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