Reading Calvin


(Nathan Smith) #1

Tim Bayly recently remarked that we no longer read the reformers and that’s to our detriment. This cut me. And it’s something I could rectify over the next few years.

My question is where to begin? I routinely read his commentaries when studying scripture - available at ccel.org. Would those who have read their Calvin recommend just digging further into his commentaries, reading his Institutes or working through his sermons?


(Tim Bayly) #2

All three. Also his letters and tracts. I can think of no other way to inoculate oneself against the perversion of reformed doctrine, practice, preaching, and pastoral care that is everywhere today. Also read Manetsch’s “Calvin’s Company of Pastors” for context.