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Calvin's institutes : a new compend

Author: Jean Calvin; Hugh T Kerr
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster/John Knox Press, ©1989.
Series: Library of Christian classics (Philadelphia, Pa.), v. 20-21.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats

This new and concise abridgement of Ford Lewis Battle's Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion is an easy-to-read introductory overview that will better acquaint the reader with Calvin.  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Calvin; Hugh T Kerr
ISBN: 0664250807 9780664250805
OCLC Number: 19556447
Notes: "Selections are reprinted from Calvin: Institutes of the Christian religion, edited by John T. MacNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles"--Title page verso.
Description: 180 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: God the creator. The knowledge of God ; The knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves ; Faith the prerequisite to the knowledge of God --
The knowledge of God obscured. The natural instinct for God ; this instinct obscured by ignorance and wickedness --
The knowledge of God obscured in the world. God's manifestation in the world ; Our blindness to God's manifestation --
The knowledge of God revealed in Scripture. Scripture the source of our knowledge of God ; the authority of scripture and the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit ; The adequacy of scripture --
The nature and attributes of God --
The Trinity. The doctrine stated ; the distinction between the persons ; the doctrine explained --The creation of the world. The creator and creation ; The religious significance of creation --
The human creation. the image of God ; The error of pantheism ; The nature of the soul --
Providence. Providence opposed to fortune, fate, and chance ; The religious significance of providence --
Sin and Jesus Christ the redeemer. Original sin ; The fact of sin ; The nature of sin --
Sin and the freedom of the will. The will a slave to sin ; Total depravity ; Human good is due to the grace of God --
Sin and the law of God. Human inability to keep the law ; the Ten Commandments --
The person of Christ. The mediator ; the two natures of Christ --
The work of Christ. The threefold office ; the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ --
The Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit. Salvation ; Faith ; Repentance --
The Christian life. Religion and life ; Christian self-denial ; the good life and the life to come ; Rules for Christian living --
Justification by faith. Justification by faith defined ; We are not saved by our own righteousness ; Justification by faith and Christian liberty --
Prayer, the principal exercise of faith . The necessity for prayer ; The prerequisites of prayer ; Christ and prayer --
The doctrine of election. The doctrine stated, difficulties involved ; Scriptural basis of election ; Effectual calling --
Eschatology. Immortality and the resurrection ; Some common objections answered ; A proper attitude necessary ; The destiny of the unbeliever --
The holy catholic church. The nature and function of the church. Nature : the communion of saints ; Function : the forgiveness of sins --The government of the church Ordained by God ; The officers of the church and their duties ; the ministry : ordination and induction --
The authority of the church. Doctrine and the word of God ; The law of God and human law ; the spiritual jurisdiction of the church ; The maintenance of discipline --
The sacraments. The nature and purpose of the sacraments ; Baptism ; The Lord's supper --
The church and the state. Spiritual and civil government ; The function and authority of civil rulers ; The nature of civil laws ; The Christian attitude toward the state.
Series Title: Library of Christian classics (Philadelphia, Pa.), v. 20-21.
Other Titles: Institutio Christianae religionis.
Responsibility: Hugh T. Kerr, editor.
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