Crossway’s newest book on John Calvin is a masterful work of art. Calvin is a controversial figure, a massive giant in the Reformed Christian Faith, an amazing expositor, a formidable author, and a man who has led many Christians through the centuries on their theological journeys.
It is in this context that this book has been written by some of the greatest theologians, pastors, and historians of our day. It is a book that is well-worth reading for every Christian.
The book is a collection of essays very much in the format of the Luther biography put out by Reformation Trust a few years back. In fact, it includes many of the same authors. The book focuses on two main areas. The first is the life of John Calvin. The second is the theology of John Calvin.
The life of John Calvin is a fascinating tale. How he came to Geneva. How he led certain parts of the Reformation. The fact that he tried to keep many of his writings anonymous. John Calvin is just an interesting character despite what you may think about his theology. The book brings out facts that you may not know or realize about Calvin and does a great job of keeping it interesting and the storyline of his life moving.
The theology of Calvin is equally well-written. A whole chapter is dedicated to the Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin’s greatest work. It also has additional chapters dedicated to various aspects of Calvin’s theology such as the work and person of Jesus Christ. It is succinct but gives a great overview of these theological writings of Calvin and gives more than enough footnotes to keep you researching for weeks.
Overall, I give John Calvin: For a New Reformation 4 out of 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book free by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.