Read John Calvin in 2009


Are you interested in reading John Calvin’s Institutes in 2009? Princeton Theological Seminary has set up a reading schedule to follow along which you can access here. While you’re at it, you might want to check out the helpful Calvin primer entitled, So, You Want to Read John Calvin? over at Der Evangelische Theologe.


7 thoughts on “Read John Calvin in 2009

  1. RogueMonk

    Some interesting stuff.

    I wish that some of the dutch theologians were translated (or translated earlier). There is a whole tradition of evangelical, reformed theology that was and is very sympathetic to Barth. In fact, Berkhouwer had great admiration for Barth. Hendrikus Berkhof commended the reading of CD to his students. In the US, Dutch Reformed theologian, I.J. Hesslink was a student and personal friend of Barth.

    Also, you seem to omit the whole “Torrance” (and some others in the UK) wing of Barthians. Any reason? One could argue that without the Torrance’s, Barth would have been lost–and not Just because of Tom’s translation work, but also because of their strong hold of Barth’s theology–even in the days when Barth was not near as “cool” as he is today.

    Blessings, RogueMonk

  2. Good questions, RogueMonk. The lecture was primarily supposed to address North American evangelical reception of Barth, so that’s why there was nothing mentioned about Torrance, Berkouwer, etc.

    I was fortunate to have met and had lunch with Dr. Hesselink at Princeton a couple of years ago. He tells some good stories, especially about the relationship of Barth and Brunner. Hesselink spent some time living in the Brunner home and so had a “first hand view” of some of the interesting tensions! I believe he is also the one who took the famous picture of Barth and Brunner’s “reunion” and who actually was involved in getting them to meet! (To see the Barth and Brunner picture, click here: )

    To see Dr Hesselink with Karl Barth, see here:

  3. RogueMonk

    Cool. I had the privilege of sitting on a denominational committee with Hesselink. It was a joy to watch him in action, both for his theological acuity and for his pastoral heart.

    On an other not, do you have any interest in learning Dutch? Lost of very keen and relevant theology that’s only available in that lanugage (oh, and by the way, Dutch is the language of God — he,he).

    Blessings, RogueMonk

  4. Uhmmm…do you get bonus rewards for reading it twice? Careful Neil, you never know 😉

    Joking aside, I probably wouldn’t read it this year, but I have no regrets for having studied them.

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