Reading Calvin’s Institutes: A Not-So-Daunting Task After All

Largely inspired by Tim Keller’s confession that he had only recently just read Calvin’s Institutes, last year I attempted to do the same.

I failed.

Okay, I made it through a third of the first volume. But I intend on plugging away at it yet again this year. (Would that I finally finish Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, which I’ve partially read and has been a constant bedside companion for over ten years. I know, shame on me. My wife and kids endlessly mock me.)

Back to Calvin. Here’s some things Keller learned after reading the Institutes:

  1. First, it is not just a textbook, but also a true work of literature.
  2. Second, it is nothing if not biblical.
  3. Third, the Institutes are, I think, the greatest, deepest, and most extensive treatment of the grace of God I have ever read.
  4. Last of all (and here our modern evangelical terminology fails us) Calvin’s writings are astonishingly “doxological.”

Read Keller’s gleanings from Calvin’s Institutes here.

And here’s the reading plan Keller references.

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