Heidelminicast Q&A: Which Edition Of The Institutes Should You Read?

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  1. Hi Dr Clark!!

    Caleb here, I wrote you an email a while ago. Just passing by to say hi and thank you for responding. And by the way, crossway is preparing a new edition of the Institutes, here is a first look, blessings!!! :

  2. Isn’t there also an abridged or condensed version available that reduces the three volumes into a single book of several hundred pages?

    • George,

      It’s typically published in two vols although a four-vol edition would be great, one for each book, with margins for notes. Yes, there is at least one condensed version and probably more. The quality of a condensed version depends, of course, on the condenser. Someone has to decide what to leave out. Does someone not like Calvin’s long tirade against Osiander? Maybe it goes but he thought that was really important (because it was). Maybe someone thinks Calvin’s discussion of the Supper is too long. You can see how this could go.

  3. I’m most of the way through the 1541. The English is exceptionally readable, clear, and warm. If I didn’t know the background, I would have assumed it was written by a native English speaker who writes high-quality prose. The usual modern Banner of Truth & Versa Press typesetting also helps a lot.

    It’s an intentionally footnote-lean text directed at laity, and in that respect, it’s very useful. As I’ve heard nothing but good things about Bavinck’s Wonderful Works of God from an educated lay standpoint, I’d say having those two would be quality 1-volume lay reference books and theology texts.


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