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).
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.
John Calvin: A Biography
by T. H. L. Parker
For decades, this volume has been considered the standard introduction to Calvin.
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.
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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