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Institutes of the Christian Religion - John Calvin

Institutes of the Christian Religion

By: John Calvin, Henry Beveridge (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2008
ISBN: 9781598561685
Number Of Pages: 1100
For Ages: 21+ years old

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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.

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
Argumentp. 3
The Knowledge of God and of Ourselves Mutually Connected. Nature of the Connectionp. 4
What It Is to Know God - Tendency of This Knowledgep. 7
The Knowledge of God Naturally Implanted in the Human Mindp. 9
The Knowledge of God Stifled or Corrupted, Ignorantly or Maliciouslyp. 12
The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the Worldp. 15
The Need of Scripture, as a Guide and Teacher, in Coming to God as a Creatorp. 26
The 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 Churchp. 30
The Credibility of Scripture Sufficiently Proved, Insofar as Natural Reason Admitsp. 35
All the Principles of Piety Subverted by Fanatics,Who Substitute Revelations for Scripturep. 43
In Scripture, the True God Opposed, Exclusively, to All the Gods of the Heathenp. 46
Impiety of Attributing a Visible Form to God. The Setting Up of Idols a Defection from the True Godp. 49
God Distinguished from Idols, That He May Be the Exclusive Object of Worshipp. 61
The Unity of the Divine Essence in Three Persons Taught, in Scripture, from the Foundation of the Worldp. 64
In the Creation of the World, and All Things in It, the True God Distinguished by Certain Marks from Fictitious Godsp. 89
State in Which Man Was Created. The Faculties of the Soul - the Image of God - Free Will - Original Righteousnessp. 103
The World, Created by God, Still Cherished and Protected by Him. Each and All of Its Parts Governed by His Providencep. 113
Use to Be Made of the Doctrine of Providencep. 122
The Instrumentality of the Wicked Employed by God,While He Continues Free from Every Taintp. 135
Book Second
Argumentp. 145
Through the Fall and Revolt of Adam, the Whole Human Race Made Accursed and Degenerate. Of Original Sinp. 146
Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Will, and Miserably Enslavedp. 155
Everything Proceeding from the Corrupt Nature of Man Damnablep. 176
How God Works in the Hearts of Menp. 190
The Arguments Usually Alleged in Support of Free Will Refutedp. 196
Redemption for Man Lost to Be Sought in Christp. 212
The Law Given, Not to Retain a People for Itself, but to Keep Alive the Hope of Salvation in Christ Until His Adventp. 217
Exposition of the Moral Lawp. 229
Christ, Though Known to the Jews under the Law, Yet Only Manifested under the Gospelp. 268
The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the Newp. 272
The Difference Between the Two Testamentsp. 287
Christ, to Perform the Office of Mediator, Behooved to Become Manp. 297
Christ Clothed with the True Substance of Human Naturep. 304
How Two Natures Constitute the Person of the Mediatorp. 309
Three Things Briefly to Be Regarded in Christ - i.e., His Offices of Prophet, King, and Priestp. 317
How Christ Performed the Office of Redeemer in Procuring Our Salvation. The Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christp. 323
Christ Rightly and Properly Said to Have Merited Grace and Salvation for Usp. 339
Book Third
Argumentp. 347
The Benefits of Christ Made Available to Us by the Secret Operation of the Spiritp. 348
Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Propertiesp. 352
Regeneration by Faith Of Repentancep. 384
Penitence, as Explained in the Sophistical Jargon of the Schoolmen, Widely Different from the Purity Required by the Gospel. Of Confession and Satisfactionp. 403
Of the Modes of Supplementing Satisfaction, i.e., Indulgences and Purgatoryp. 434
The Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural Arguments Exhorting to Itp. 444
A Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denialp. 448
Of Bearing the Cross - One Branch of Self-Denialp. 457
Of Meditating on the Future Lifep. 464
How to Use the Present Life, and the Comforts of Itp. 469
Of Justification by Faith. Both the Name and the Reality Definedp. 473
Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment Seat of God, in Order to Be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justificationp. 492
Two Things to Be Observed in Gratuitous Justificationp. 498
The Beginning of Justification. In What Sense Progressivep. 502
The Boasted Merit of Works Subversive Both of the Glory of God, in Bestowing Righteousness, and of the Certainty of Salvationp. 516
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which It Is Attempted to Throw Odium on This Doctrinep. 522
The Promises of the Law and the Gospel Reconciledp. 526
The Righteousness of Works Improperly Inferred from Rewardsp. 539
Of Christian Libertyp. 548
Of Prayer - A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The Daily Benefits Derived from Itp. 559
Of the Eternal Election, by Which God Has Predestinated Some to Salvation, and Others to Destructionp. 606
This Doctrine Confirmed by Proofs from Scripturep. 614
Refutation of the Calumnies by Which This Doctrine Is Always Unjustly Assailedp. 624
Election Confirmed by the Calling of God. The Reprobate Bring Upon Themselves the Righteous Destruction to Which They Are Doomedp. 636
Of the Last Resurrectionp. 652
Book Fourth
Argumentp. 669
Of the True Church. Duty of Cultivating Unity with Her, as the Mother of All the Godlyp. 670
Comparison between the False Church and the Truep. 690
Of the Teachers and Ministers of the Church. Their Election and Officep. 699
Of the State of the Primitive Church and the Mode of Government in Use before the Papacyp. 709
The Ancient Form of Government Utterly Corrupted by the Tyranny of the Papacyp. 719
Of the Primacy of the Romish Seep. 731
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 Overthrownp. 741
Of the Power of the Church in Articles of Faith. The Unbridled License of the Papal Church in Destroying Purity of Doctrinep. 760
Of Councils and Their Authorityp. 770
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and His Adherents, in This Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Soulsp. 779
Of the Jurisdiction of the Church, and the Abuses of It, as Exemplified in the Papacyp. 799
Of the Discipline of the Church, and Its Principal Use in Censures and Excommunicationp. 811
Of Vows. The Miserable Entanglements Caused by Vowing Rashlyp. 827
Of the Sacramentsp. 842
Of Baptismp. 858
Paedobaptism, Its Accordance with the Institution of Christ, and the Nature of the Signp. 871
Of the Lord s Supper, and the Benefits Conferred by Itp. 893
Of the Popish Mass. How It Not Only Profanes, but Annihilates the Lord s Supperp. 933
Of the Five Sacraments, Falsely So Called. Their Spuriousness Proved, and Their True Character Explainedp. 946
Of Civil Governmentp. 968
One Hundred Aphorisms: Containing within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of the Institutes of the Christian Religionp. 989
Hebrew and Greek Word Indexp. 1004
About the Authors & Works Cited in Institutesp. 1005
Authors &Works Cited Indexp. 1011
General Indexp. 1021
Scripture Indexp. 1046
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ISBN: 9781598561685
ISBN-10: 1598561685
Audience: General
For Ages: 21+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1100
Published: 28th October 2008
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.68