This is the definitive English-language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church. Under Dr. McNeill's personal supervision labored a whole corps of expert Latinists and Calvin scholars. All previous editions—in Latin, French, German, and English—have been collated; references and notes have been verified, corrected, and expanded; and new bibliographies have been added.
The translator and his associates have taken great care to preserve the rugged strength and vividness of Calvin's writing. They have not, however, hesitated to break up overly long sentences to conform to modern English usage or, wherever possible, to render heavy Latinate theological terms in simple language. The result is a translation that achieves a high degree of accuracy and at the same time is eminently readable.
The work features for the first time in any English edition: headings for chapter divisions and sections, symbols keying the growth of the Institutes from the outline of faith of 1536 to the systematic treatise of 1559, and notes explaining the background and meaning of Calvin's thought. And it includes for the first time in any language: comprehensive Scripture, Author, and Subject indices.