Institutes of the Christian Religion

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Hendrickson Publishers, 2008 - Religion - 1059 pages
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Hendrickson offers a one-volume hardcover edition of one of Western Christianity's foundational works. Re-typeset into a clean and modern typeface, this edition is easy to read for the modern eye. This book will appeal to libraries, seminarians, pastors, and laypeople." Institutes of the Christian Religion" by John Calvin is an introduction to the Bible and a vindication of Reformation principles by one of the Reformation's finest scholars.

At the age of twenty-six, Calvin published several revisions of his "Institutes of the Christian Religion, " a seminal work in Christian theology that altered the course of Western history and that is still read by theological students today. It was published in Latin in 1536 and in his native French in 1541, with the definitive editions appearing in 1559 (Latin) and in 1560 (French). The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith for those with some learning already and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone. It vigorously attacked the teachings of those Calvin considered unorthodox, particularly Roman Catholicism, to which Calvin says he had been "strongly devoted" before his conversion to Protestantism. The over-arching theme of the book--and Calvin's greatest theological legacy--is the idea of God's total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election.

  

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Review: Institutes of the Christian Religion

User Review  - Rohr - Christianbook.com

Fantastic read! So foundational for central truths of the christian faith. Calvin combines profound thought with a passionate love for Christ. Helpful for anyone who wants to know, obey, and love God more. Read full review

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User Review  - Garrett Starr - Goodreads

I have always wanted this collection, but over the years I purchased other books instead. When our church moved into our current digs, this entire collection was hidden away in a back room and covered ... Read full review

Contents

Argument
3
The Knowledge of God Naturally Implanted in the Human Mind
9
The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation and Continual
15
The Need of Scripture as a Guide and Teacher in Coming to
26
The Credibility of Scripture Sufficiently Proved Insofar as Natural
35
All the Principles of Piety Subverted by Fanatics Who Substitute
43
Impiety of Attributing a Visible Form to God The Setting Up of Idols
49
God Distinguished from Idols that He May Be the Exclusive Object
61
How to Use the Present Life and the Comforts of It
469
Of Justification by Faith Both the Name and the Reality Defined
473
Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment Seat of God in Order to Be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification
492
Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justification
498
The Beginning of Justification In What Sense Progressive
502
The Boasted Merit of Works Subversive Both of the Glory of God in Bestowing Righteousness and of the Certainty of Salvation
516
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which It Is Attempted to Throw Odium on This Doctrine
522
The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciled
526

TheUnityoftheDivineEssenceinThreePersonsTaughtinScripture from the Foundation of the World
64
In the Creation of the World and All Things in It the True God Distinguished by Certain Marks from Fictitious Gods
89
StateinWhichManWasCreated TheFacultiesoftheSoultheImage of GodFree WillOriginal Righteousness
103
The World Created by God Still Cherished and Protected by Him Each and All of Its Parts Governed by His Providence
113
Use to Be Made of the Doctrine of Providence
122
The Instrumentality of the Wicked Employed by God While He Continues Free from Every Taint
135
Argument
145
Through the Fall and Revolt of Adam the Whole Human Race Made Accursed and Degenerate Of Original Sin
146
Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Will and Miserably Enslaved
155
Everything Proceeding from the Corrupt Nature of Man Damnable
176
How God Works in the Hearts of Men
190
The Arguments Usually Alleged in Support of Free Will Refuted
196
Redemption for Man Lost to Be Sought in Christ
212
TheLawGivenNottoRetainaPeopleforItselfbuttoKeepAlive the Hope of Salvation in Christ until His Advent
217
Exposition of the Moral Law
229
Christ Though Known to the Jews under the Law Yet Only Manifested under the Gospel
268
The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New
272
The Difference Between the Two Testaments
287
Christ to Perform the Office of Mediator Behooved to Become Man
297
Christ Clothed with the True Substance of Human Nature
304
How Two Natures Constitute the Person of the Mediator
309
ThreeThingsBrieflytoBeRegardedinChristi e HisOfficesof Prophet King and Priest
317
How Christ Performed the Office of Redeemer in Procuring Our Salvation The Death Resurrection and Ascension of Christ
323
Christ Rightly and Properly Said to Have Merited Grace and Salvation for Us
339
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340
Argument
347
The Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us by the Secret Operation of the Spirit
348
Of Faith The Definition of It Its Peculiar Properties
352
Regeneration by Faith Of Repentance
384
Penitence as Explained in the Sophistical Jargon of the Schoolmen Widely Different from the Purity Required by the Gospel Of Confession and Satis...
403
Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction i e Indulgences and Purgatory
434
The Life of a Christian Man Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to It
444
A Summary of the Christian Life Of SelfDenial
448
Of Bearing the CrossOne Branch of SelfDenial
457
Of Meditating on the Future Life
464
The Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewards
539
Of Christian Liberty
548
Of PrayerA Perpetual Exercise of Faith The Daily Benefits Derived from It
559
Of the Eternal Election by Which God Has Predestinated Some to Salvation and Others to Destruction
606
This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripture
614
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which This Doctrine Is Always Unjustly Assailed
624
Election Confirmed by the Calling of God The Reprobate Bring upon Themselves the Righteous Destruction to Which They Are Doomed
636
Of the Last Resurrection
652
Minion 1012 Calvin
653
Argument
669
Comparison between the False Church and the True
690
Of the Teachers and Ministers of the Church Their Election and Office
699
Of the State of the Primitive Church and the Mode of Government
709
The Ancient Form of Government Utterly Corrupted by the Tyranny
719
Of the Primacy of the Romish See
731
Of the Beginning and Rise of the Romish Papacy till It Attained
741
Of the Power of the Church in Articles of Faith The Unbridled License
760
Of Councils and Their Authority
770
Of the Power of Making Laws The Cruelty of the Pope and
779
Of the Jurisdiction of the Church and the Abuses of It as Exemplified
799
Of the Discipline of the Church and Its Principal Use in Censures
811
Of Vows The Miserable Entanglements Caused by Vowing Rashly
827
Of the Sacraments
842
Of Baptism
858
Paedobaptism Its Accordance with the Institution of Christ and
871
Of the Lords Supper and the Benefits Conferred by It
893
Of the Popish Mass How It Not Only Profanes but Annihilates
933
Of the Five Sacraments Falsely So Called Their Spuriousness Proved
946
Of Civil Government
968
One Hundred Aphorisms
989
Hebrew and Greek Word Index
1004
General Index
1023
Scripture Index
1046
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John Calvin (1509-1564) the French theologian and reformer was persecuted as a protestant. As a result, he traveled from place to place. In 1534 at Angouleme he began the work of systematizing protestant thought in the "Institutes of the Christian Religion, " one of the most influential theological works of all time.

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