The Calvin 500 Series

Volume 1 – Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis Edited by, David W. Hall and Peter A. Lillback
Capturing both the best of elite scholarship, as well as exhibiting a firm understanding of and passion for Calvin’s own work, these essays by 20 elite Calvin scholars who appreciate the abiding value of Calvin’s Institutes provide definitive and section-by-section commentary on Calvin’s magnum opus. A section by section commentary on Calvin’s Institutes.

Volume 2 – Legacy of John Calvin: His Influence on the Modern World by David W. Hall
David Hall identifies 10 seminal ways that Calvin’s thought transformed the culture of the West, complete with a nontechnical biography of Calvin and tributes by other leaders. The Legacy of John Calvin is brief enough for popular audiences and analytical enough to provide much information in a short space.

Volume 3 – The Piety of John Calvin: A Collection of His Spiritual Prose, Poems, and Hymns by Ford Lewis Battles
The Piety of John Calvin is an anthology that promotes “a warm personal grasp” of Calvin, the man. This book seeks to show the Christian man as he saw himself, to see the Christian life as he understood it, and to examine both his theoretical exposition or prayer and his own prayers, in the liturgy and for other occasions.

Volume 4 – Calvin in the Public Square: Liberal Democracies, Rights, and Civil Liberties by David W. Hall
In the past two decades, a small cottage industry of important new scholarship has emerged documenting the distinctive Calvinist contributions to the development of Western theories of law, democracy, and human rights. In this engaging volume, David Hall offers a crisp distillation of the latest scholarly findings and a clarion call to reclaim the Calvinist pedigree of some of our most cherished political ideas and institutions.

Volume 5 – Calvin and Commerce, by David W. Hall and Matthew D. Burton
Is Capitalism dead? Should it be? This volume explores the seminal thought of John Calvin on business, commerce, investment, stewardship, philanthropy, and other economic areas. His thought revolutionized certain areas of life; it may be time for that revolution to be revisited.

Volume 6 – Tributes to Calvin, Edited by David W. Hall
Calvin500 marked the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth with an international conference in Geneva. These 24 addresses by a host of international scholars were presented in Geneva for that conference and provide one of the most comprehensive, informed, and rounded assessments of Calvin’s thought today.

Volume 7 – Preaching Like Calvin, Edited by David W. Hall
One of the signatures of Calvinism is expositing the Scriptures, and no anniversary of Calvin would be complete without preaching from modern Calvinists. Thirteen sermons, delivered in St. Pierre Cathedral as part of Calvin500, are given to commemorate the lively preaching of Calvinists today.

Volume 8 – Calvin and Culture: Exploration of a Worldview, Edited by David W. Hall and Marvin Padgett
Calvin’s thought was not confined within the walls of the church; it had a pervasive cultural overflow. Thirteen scholars each discuss an academic discipline (art, law, science, philosophy, economics, literature, music, politics, etc) and reflect on how Calvin impacted each of those and provide a salutary worldview.



  1. […] past week RHB has interviewed Dr. David Hall on the series of books which P & R are publishing, The Calvin 500 Series. This is the first of the many interviews to come with Dr. Hall on this […]

  2. My family has in its’ possession a Geneva Bible printed in 1562. This I understand is a 2nd edition, or the ‘Whig Bible’. It has been in various branches of our family for generations, and has several written-in fly-leaves. It is almost complete & in excellent condition, having been professionally rebound in the 1950’s. The Curator of books at the British Museum (in the 1950’s) said that it is ‘in far better condition than ours’.
    I have a collation in my possession.

    Family circumstances have changed in recent times, and as there are only about six known copies – British Museum, Bodleian Library Oxford, New York Public Library, Lambeth Palace, Glasgow University & Leicester University – leaving ours as the only one in private ownership, the family are wondering how it could be sold (if a suitable amount could be raised) & whether perhaps the Calvin Institute would be interested, or some other Institution.

    Perhaps you would kindly give me some ideas?
    My e-mail address is:
    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Maurice G Short

  3. […] idea:  Bill Haughery, for one.  Should you want to learn more about this reformer, head to the Calvin-500 blog (put together by some great guys – Ligon Duncan, Michael Horton, etc.). […]

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