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Institutes of the Christian Religion
by John Calvin

There's no better entry point into Calvin's teaching than this richly edifying work by the man himself. It is a summary of the Christian faith written for pastors (many of whom were risking their lives).

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John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor
by W. Robert Godfrey

Hot off the press, this very readable book serves as an ideal introduction to Calvin's life and emphases.

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John Calvin: A Biography
by T. H. L. Parker

For decades, this volume has been considered the standard introduction to Calvin.

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The Unaccommodated Calvin
by Richard A. Muller

Muller's academic treatment places Calvin in his historical context and challenges various misconceptions and rabbit trails in 20th-century Calvin scholarship.

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Calvin, Participation, and the Gift
by J. Todd Billings

Billings's award-winning exploration of Calvin's emphasis on union with Christ includes up-to-date engagement with recent criticisms of Calvin's doctrine of grace.



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