REL 212: Study Guide 3
Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
Remember: From here on, use the chapter and section headings as your guide to the readings & for review.
As you read in Calvin's Institutes,
1) Pay attention to what issues Calvin addresses and what kind of arguments he presents to support his points,
2) Review the appropriate passages in the Leith volumes (use the indices in the back), and
3) Consider how what Calvin writes relates to the Reformed theology of worship.
Leith, Doctrine: ch. 4
Know the main attributes of God. What do you think about them?
What do you think about the "proofs"/arguments of the existence of God?
Leith, Doctrine: ch. 5–6
How would you relate the doctrines of creation and providence?
Does providence make sense in the light of your experience of life?
NB: the Reformed emphasis on the doctrine of providence has various significant consequences.
Leith, Introduction: ch. 2
Don't worry about knowing all the details. Get a sense of the general scene in Europe during the 16th century and the spread of the Reformed tradition in subsequent centuries.
Leith, Introduction, ch. 3
Review the 9 identifiable motifs of the Reformed tradition.