Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1541 French Edition

ISBN-10: 0802807747
ISBN-13: 9780802807748
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 755
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, Picardy, France, John Calvin was only a boy when Martin Luther first raised his challenge concerning indulgences. Calvin was enrolled at the age of 14 at the University of Paris, where he received preliminary training in theology and became an elegant Latinist. However, following the dictates of his father, he left Paris at the age of 19 and went to study law, first at Orleans, then at Bourges, in both of which centers the ideas of Luther were already creating a stir. On his father's death, Calvin returned to Paris, began to study Greek, the language of the New Testament, and decided to devote his life to scholarship. In 1532 he published a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia, but the following year, after experiencing what was considered a sudden conversion, he was forced to flee Paris for his religious views. The next year was given to the study of Hebrew in Basel and to writing the first version of his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he gave to the printer in 1535. The rest of his life-except for a forced exile of three years-he spent in Geneva, where he became chief pastor, without ever being ordained. When he died, the city was solidly on his side, having almost become what one critic called a "theocracy." By then the fourth and much-revised edition of his Institutes had been published in Latin and French, commentaries had appeared on almost the whole Bible, treatises had been written on the Lord's Supper, on the Anabaptists, and on secret Protestants under persecution in France. Thousands of refugees had come to Geneva, and the city-energized by religious fervor-had found room and work for them. Though Calvin was sometimes bitter in his denunciation of those who disagreed with him, intolerant of other points of view, and absolutely sure he was right on the matter of predestination, he was nonetheless one of the great expounders of the faith. From his work the Reformed tradition had its genesis, and from his genius continues to refresh itself.

Introduction, by Elsie Anne McKee
Acknowledgements
Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Arguments of This Book
Dedication to Francis I
Of the Knowledge of God
Of the Knowledge of Man and of Free Will
Of the Law
Of Faith, Where the Apostles' Creed Is Explained
Of Penitence
Of Justification by Faith and by the Merits of Works
Of the Similarities and Differences between the Old and New Testaments
Of God's Predestination and Providence
Of Prayer, Where the Prayer of Our Lord Is Explained
Of the Sacraments
Of Baptism
Of the Lord's Supper
Of the Five Other Ceremonies Falsely Called Sacraments, That Is, Confirmation, Penance, Extreme Unction, Ecclesiastical Orders, and Marriage
Of Christian Liberty
Of the Power of the Church
Of Civil Government
Of the Christian Life
Index of Proper Names
Index of Biblical Citations

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