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Institutes of the Christian religion

Author: Jean Calvin
Publisher: Peabody, Mass. : Hendrickson Publishers, ©2008.
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John Calvin's greatest work, published in several editions as early as 1536 and finally in this definitive edition in 1559, was intended as a theological introduction to the Bible and a vindication of the principles of the Reformation. The central doctrines professed are the absolute sovereignty of God, the grounding of Christian faith in the Word of God revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and the inability of man to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Calvin
ISBN: 9781598561685 1598561685 9781598563610 1598563610
OCLC Number: 167510983
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xliii, 1059 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prefatory Address by John Calvin to Francis I, King of France (1636) --
Epistle to the Reader (Calvin, 1539) --
Subject of the Present Work (Calvin, 1545) --
Epistle to the Reader (Calvin, 1559) --
Method and Arrangement, or Subject of the Whole Work --
Book First --
Argument --
Knowledge of God and of Ourselves Mutually Connected. Nature of the Connection --
What It Is to Know God --
Tendency of This Knowledge --
Knowledge of God Naturally Implanted in the Human Mind --
Knowledge of God Stifled or Corrupted, Ignorantly or Maliciously --
Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the World --
Need of Scripture, as a Guide and Teacher, in Coming to God as a Creator --
Testimony of the Spirit Necessary to Give Full Authority to Scripture. The Impiety of Pretending That the Credibility of Scripture Depends on the Judgment of the Church --
Credibility of Scripture Sufficiently Proved, Insofar as Natural Reason Admits --
All the Principles of Piety Subverted by Fanatics, Who Substitute Revelations for Scripture --
In Scripture, the True God Opposed, Exclusively, to All the Gods of the Heathen --
Impiety of Attributing a Visible Form to God. The Setting Up of Idols a Defection from the True God --
God Distinguished from Idols, That He May Be the Exclusive Object of Worship --
Unity of the Divine Essence in Three Persons Taught, in Scripture, from the Foundation of the World --
In the Creation of the World, and All Things in It, the True God Distinguished by Certain Marks from Fictitious Gods --
State in Which Man Was Created. The Faculties of the Soul --
the Image of God --
Free Will --
Original Righteousness --
World, Created by God, Still Cherished and Protected by Him. Each and All of Its Parts Governed by His Providence --
Use to Be Made of the Doctrine of Providence --
Instrumentality of the Wicked Employed by God, While He Continues Free from Every Taint --
Through the Fall and Revolt of Adam, the Whole Human Race Made Accursed and Degenerate. Of Original Sin --
Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Will, and Miserably Enslaved --
Everything Proceeding from the Corrupt Nature of Man Damnable --
How God Works in the Hearts of Men --
Arguments Usually Alleged in Support of Free Will Refuted --
Redemption for Man Lost to Be Sought in Christ --
Law Given, Not to Retain a People for Itself, but to Keep Alive the Hope of Salvation in Christ Until His Advent --
Exposition of the Moral Law --
Christ, Though Known to the Jews under the Law, Yet Only Manifested under the Gospel --
Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New --
Difference Between the Two Testaments --
Christ, to Perform the Office of Mediator, Behooved to Become Man --
Christ Clothed with the True Substance of Human Nature --
How Two Natures Constitute the Person of the Mediator --
Three Things Briefly to Be Regarded in Christ --
i.e., His Offices of Prophet, King, and Priest --
How Christ Performed the Office of Redeemer in Procuring Our Salvation. The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ --
Christ Rightly and Properly Said to Have Merited Grace and Salvation for Us --
Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us by the Secret Operation of the Spirit --
Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Properties --
Regeneration by Faith Of Repentance --
Penitence, as Explained in the Sophistical Jargon of the Schoolmen, Widely Different from the Purity Required by the Gospel. Of Confession and Satisfaction --
Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction, i.e., Indulgences and Purgatory --
Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to It --
Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denial --
Of Bearing the Cross --
One Branch of Self-Denial --
Of Meditating on the Future Life --
How to Use the Present Life, and the Comforts of It --
Of Justification by Faith. Both the Name and the Reality Defined --
Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment Seat of God, in Order to Be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification --
Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justification --
Beginning of Justification. In What Sense Progressive --
Boasted Merit of Works Subversive Both of the Glory of God, in Bestowing Righteousness, and of the Certainty of Salvation --
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which It Is Attempted to Throw Odium on This Doctrine --
Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled --
Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewards --
Of Christian Liberty --
Of Prayer --
A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from It --
Of the Eternal Election, by Which God Has Predestinated Some to Salvation, and Others to Destruction --
This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture --
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which This Doctrine Is Always Unjustly Assailed --
Election Confirmed by the Calling of God. The Reprobate Bring Upon Themselves the Righteous Destruction to Which They Are Doomed --
Of the Last Resurrection --
Of the True Church. Duty of Cultivating Unity with Her, as the Mother of All the Godly --
Comparison between the False Church and the True --
Of the Teachers and Ministers of the Church. Their Election and Office --
Of the State of the Primitive Church and the Mode of Government in Use before the Papacy --
Ancient Form of Government Utterly Corrupted by the Tyranny of the Papacy --
Of the Primacy of the Romish See --
Of the Beginning and Rise of the Romish Papacy, till It Attained a Height by Which the Liberty of the Church Was Destroyed, and All True Rule Overthrown --
Of the Power of the Church in Articles of Faith. The Unbridled License of the Papal Church in Destroying Purity of Doctrine --
Of Councils and Their Authority --
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and His Adherents, in This Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls --
Of the Jurisdiction of the Church, and the Abuses of It, as Exemplified in the Papacy --
Of the Discipline of the Church, and Its Principal Use in Censures and Excommunication --
Of Vows. The Miserable Entanglements Caused by Vowing Rashly --
Of the Sacraments --
Of Baptism --
Paedobaptism, Its Accordance with the Institution of Christ, and the Nature of the Sign --
Of the Lord s Supper, and the Benefits Conferred by It --
Of the Popish Mass. How It Not Only Profanes, but Annihilates the Lord s Supper --
Of the Five Sacraments, Falsely So Called. Their Spuriousness Proved, and Their True Character Explained --
Of Civil Government --
One Hundred Aphorisms : Containing within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of the Institutes of the Christian Religion.
Other Titles: Institutio Christianae religionis.
Responsibility: John Calvin ; translated by Henry Beveridge.
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John Calvin's greatest work, published in several editions as early as 1536 and finally in this definitive edition in 1559, was intended as a theological introduction to the Bible and a vindication of the principles of the Reformation. The central doctrines professed are the absolute sovereignty of God, the grounding of Christian faith in the Word of God revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and the inability of man to find salvation apart from God's grace. --publisher.

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